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Wildfires in Western Canada prompt Canfor to curtail sawmill output

Cedar planks are stacked at a lumber yard, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Montreal. Canfor Corp. says it is curtailing production capacity at its Canadian sawmills beginning Monday as a result of extreme wildfire conditions in Western Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson. PCH/GAC

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp. says it is curtailing production capacity at its Canadian sawmills beginning Monday as a result of extreme wildfire conditions in Western Canada.

The Vancouver-based lumber producer says about 115 million board feet of capacity will be reduced during the third quarter due to significant supply chain challenges and a transportation backlog.

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Canfor says the wildfires are significantly impacting its ability to transport product to market.

Read more: B.C. declares provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Executive vice-president Stephen Mackie says it is developing plans to minimize impacts to employees and contractors.

Canfor says it is working closely with the provincial wildfire services and governments to support a safe response to the very dynamic wildfire conditions that are raging in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Read more: B.C. wildfire map 2021: Location and size of the fires burning around the province

Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber with interests in B.C., Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, as well as in Sweden.

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