Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fort McMurray Wildfires


photos via: http://www.sonic1029.com/2016/05/03/photos-biggest-wildfire-evacuation-canadian-history/

The town of 80 000 has been evacuated.  The fires are raging over 850 square kilometers. Fighting this fire is extremely difficult because of the intensity of the heat and the shifting winds.  1 100 firefighters are working long hours and some of them are even here from Mexico...

Albertans are showing their support in myriad ways, donations to the Red Cross, volunteering, offering shelter, food.  25 000 evacuees who had fled to the oil camps further north are now being airlifted out because it's not safe.

Fort McMurray is a 4.5 hour drive from where we live.  I used to go there once or twice a year to visit our school there and work with teachers...

Speechless.

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