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Number of evacuees rising as B.C wildfire continues

A local wood panel mill was forced to close

Officials say more than 8,500 people, including 1,500 in the community of 100 Mile House, have been ordered to leave their homes due to the wildfires.

The situation has also forced the temporary closing of Norbord’s wood panel mill in 100 Mile House.

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Norbord says all of the mill’s employees have safely left the site, with no reported injuries, and the site was secure at the time of the evacuation.

The company is assessing the impact on the mill’s production of oriented strand board, a type of plywood substitute that’s used widely for building houses.