Canadian uranium miner Cameco has temporarily suspended production at its Cigar Lake mine, in northern Saskatchewan, as a precaution due to the proximity of a wildfire burning in the vicinity of the operation.
Conditions are extremely dry due to a scorching heatwave that has made its way across British Columbia in recent days.
More than 1,000 people living in Lytton, northeast of Vancouver, were forced to leave with little notice on Wednesday.
According to Cameco, approximately 230 workers are being transported off site. Roughly 80 essential personnel will remain on site to maintain the facility in a safe state.
Production at Cigar Lake was suspended for six months last year and in December, due to increasing risks posed by covid-19.
As of September 30, Cigar Lake had produced 2.3 million pounds of uranium concentrates.