2012-04-24

Milling mountain pine beetle wood may pose fire risk

There may be something about logs that come from mountain pine beetle killed trees that's caused explosions and fires at two British Columbia sawmills, Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson said today.

"There is growing anecdotal evidence that MPB killed logs may be producing combustible materials that interior sawmills were not designed to address," said a prepared statement from Simpson, who sits as an independent.

He made the comments after an April 23 fire at the Lakeland Mill in Prince George, which killed one worker and injured 24. In January an explosion and fire destroyed the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and killed two workers.