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Canfor suspends operations at Isle Pierre sawmill
Canfor has announced that due to the extreme fire season in B.C. that its Isle Pierre sawmill in Prince George has suspended operations, effective September 4. A company spokesman said that the vast majority of harvesting activities have been halted in the region west of Prince George, which has depleted the mill's log inventory. Dependent on the fire risk dropping, harvesting activities resuming next week, and log inventories being resupplied, the company is optimistic that operations will resume September 10.

Conifex suspends operations at Fort St. James
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an evacuation alert due to wildfire activity for an area which includes the town of Fort St. James and our mill site. As wildfire conditions continued to deteriorate, Conifex Timber temporarily suspended operations Friday of last week. The wildfires in British Columbia are volatile and continue to evolve, with the Province recently declaring a provincial state of emergency on August 15, 2018. Conifex currently expects to restart operations at the Fort St. James mill later this week but will continue to assess the wildfire situation and make further operational decisions accordingly. For more, click here...

Tolko to idle production at High Level mill
Tolko Industries announced plans to idle production of the large canter line at its sawmill in High Level, Alberta in July and August. Company officials cited ongoing railcar supply issues that have resulted in significant excess lumber inventory at the mill.

Skeena announces one-week shutdown
Skeena Sawmills, Terrace, B.C., is shutting down the mill for a week due to a shortage of logs available for purchase. The mill announced the temporary closure until May 7 in a press release Tuesday, saying the allowable annual cut provides only half of what they need to operate on one shift. For more, click here...

Vaagen indefinitely curtails Midway mill
Beginning March 30, the Vaagen Midway (B.C.) Mill will be curtailed for an indefinite period due to log shortages stemming from the 2017 fire season. The operation was running one-and-a-half shifts and produces 120 million board feet annually with this schedule. The mill will resume production upon sufficient log flow and inventory. Shipping of inventory will continue during this period. Layoffs are expected as a result of this curtailment and will occur in stages pending timber supply.

Timber supply prompts layoffs at Gorman
A lagging lumber supply has led West Kelowna’s Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. to let go of at least 20 employees. Nick Arkle, Gorman’s co-CEO, told Okanagan Edge that the mill has cut down its third shift over the past few weeks as it adjusts to a dwindling supply of logs left over from the Mountain Pine Beetle’s massacre of B.C. forests. For more, click here...

Western Forest Products indefinitely curtails Somass Sawmill
Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) (“Western” or the “Company") today announced the indefinite curtailment of its Somass Sawmill, located in Port Alberni, B.C. The Somass Sawmill has been temporarily curtailed since February 2017, prior to which it operated on a single shift basis. Western intends to offer voluntary severance to its Somass Sawmill hourly employees. For more, click here...

Tolko adds another mill to fire-related closure list
Due to fire activity in the Cariboo, Tolko Industries Ltd. will be curtailing its Quest Wood operation in Quesnel, B.C. as of Monday, July 24th. The mill employs approximately 200 people and produces 210 million board feet of dimension lumber on an annual basis. “With wildfires burning and the fire risk still at extreme levels, we are unable to conduct logging activities," said Troy Connolly, Senior General Manager, Lumber. For more, click here...

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