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CHETWYND, B.C. – There are multiple reports of a significant fire that has destroyed a large portion of the log yard at the West Fraser Mill.

The fire was detected on Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., and, according to reports from the West Fraser Mill, nobody was hurt and the employees responded quickly when the fire was spotted.

Workers quickly moved as many logs away from the fire as they could to remove the fuel source. Employees were sent home and residents in the area were told to be on alert in case the fire grew or spread.

According to reports, firefighters from the volunteer Chetwynd Fire Department and Moberly Lake Fire Department were aided by the BC Wildfire Service, who had two helicopters dumping water on the blaze and nearby exposures.

Once the fire has been suppressed, the West Fraser Mill will conduct a damage assessment and investigation into the cause of the fire.

Energeticcity reached out to both fire departments but did not receive an immediate response. Alan Courtoreille, the mayor of Chetwynd, says West Fraser Mill is preparing a media release.

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