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Forest Fires

Wildfire in Fort McMurray still growing, hundreds of firefighters coming to help

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 25, 2016
CTV News

Officials with the provincial government released the latest on the wildfire in Fort McMurray, and said the fire continues to grow, while crews are about to get some relief from firefighters coming in from the U.S., South Africa, and elsewhere in Canada. The province said late Wednesday afternoon that the wildfire conditions in northeastern Alberta remained high to extreme – but of the 15 wildfires burning in the province, the only one burning out of control is in the Fort McMurray area. That fire is estimated to be at 566,188 hectares in size, including 4,600 hectares in Saskatchewan.
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Company & Business News

Three Incidents at Wood Product Plants in Less than a Month

By Elaine Macdonald-Meisner

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
May 26, 2016
250 News

Prince George, B.C.-May has not been a good month for wood product manufacturers in the north west. There have been three fires at three different locations, but the good news is, no one was hurt. What is significant is that prior to the Lakeland inquest, such fires would not have to be reported to WorkSafe BC because there were no injuries. During the inquest into the Lakeland explosion and fire which claimed two lives, there was evidence presented that there had been a previous fire at that facility, but because there were no injuries the fire did not have to be reported. One of the recommendations from that inquest was that all such incidents be reported and that is just what is happening in the wake of three incidents in the northwest.

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