Rebuilding destroyed mill hinges on damaged forest

Mill workers in Burns Lake, B.C., will be collecting their final pay cheque Thursday as the company that owns the mill that was levelled in a fire last week tries to decide if there's enough timber in the area to justify rebuilding.

Two workers were killed and 19 others were injured when the Babine Forest Products mill blew up and burned Jan. 20, destroying the workplace of the major employer in the town, 200 kilometres west of Prince George.

A once richly forested area, Burns Lake is located among the province’s woodlands that have been devastated by the pine beetle infestation.