Forest fire forces Cliffs to idle facility

CLEVELAND – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced Saturday that it has evacuated employees from its Wabush Scully mine in Labrador, Canada.

The move, which temporarily idled the mining operation, was taken because of forest fires in the region.

The mine and processing plant are located in the town of Wabush in Labrador.

In a news release, Cliffs officials said the decision was based on the rapidly changing nature of the wildfire – the safety of its workers and their families were the company’s main priority.

Cliffs officials said they will continue to monitor the situation and the local Wabush management team will determine when it is safe to resume operations.

Cliffs has also been working with Wabush authorities to provide volunteer assistance and earth moving equipment to create a firebreak at a safe distance from the fire. The Company is also providing support with housing and cafeteria availability in Wabush and Fermont.

Cliffs employs nearly 500 people at the mine.