Update – Tembec Chetwynd fire still burning

Photo:  Several log and chip piles burn at Tembec’s Chetwynd facility Wednesday evening – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca



**Update – Fire crews now say it could be Sunday before they are able to fully extinguish the fire.  The log and chip piles are still burning and they are using heavy equipment to help bring the fire under control.


Fire crews hope to have the fire out at Tembec’s Chetwynd Pulp Mill by the end of the day Friday or at the latest Saturday.

The fire started late Wednesday afternoon at the mill outside of Chetwynd, BC.   The fire started inside the mill and quickly spread through the mill and into chip and log piles outside the facility.

Fire crews from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, which are under contract to provide services to the mill, were called in at 5:20pm Wednesday and have been on scene ever since.

Loaders are currently moving the large chip and log piles away from nearby structures to prevent any further damage. Fire crews also believe this will help to extinguish the fire in those piles.

At the height of the fire, crews from the Ministry of Forests were called in as the fire had spread into near by brush.  Two helicopters and one water bomber were used to put out that part of the fire.

At the moment Tembec has not returned any of our calls, but fire crews have stated they are looking into the total amount of damage to the mill.

Tembec recommissioned the mill on January 1st, 2010 after been shut down in February of 2009 because of poor market conditions. 

To read an earlier story on this fire, click here