A feller buncher in operation near Quesnel in 2013. The province argued that forest debris may have accumulated near the vehicle's exhaust, then dislodged and smouldered on the forest floor, causing a large 2010 forest fire. The judge dismissed the government's $5.5m claim against Canfor and a subcontractor. Mark Yuen / PNG
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the B.C. government against Canadian Forest Products and one of its contractors over a 6,100-hectare forest fire on Crown lands near Vanderhoof in 2010.
The province alleged that Canfor and the subcontractor, Barlow Lake Logging, were negligent in the blaze, which began on a cutblock granted by the government to Canfor that was being logged under contract by Barlow.
The government claimed that the fire, which resulted in the province sustaining $5.5 million in damages, was likely caused by one of the feller buncher vehicles operating on the cutblock on June 18, 2010.