Thinking about our Canadian friends out west today as a wildfire burns out of control in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Here’s what we know as of 2pm:
- 88,000 residents have successfully been evacuated from their homes.
- 10,000 hectares of land have been burned.
- 1,600 structures have burned.
- 100 firefighters are working on the blaze.
- 10 helicopters are in the region.
- 17 air tankers are in the region.
- 0 lives lost so far.
The blaze is not under control yet and there’s a cold front moving through the region today that could complicate things further with storm clouds and lightning. It could raise the humidity which would be good news but the crews are preparing for the worst. A big challenge is the wind, expected to pick up this afternoon. The focus now is protecting the airport, the downtown core and an industrial park.
This is impeccable, so far they have no one on record that has passed way and they’re hoping they can say that at the end of the day too.
For now, no one is allowed back into the city, firefighting support is coming from all over the country. All flights to and from Fort McMurray have been cancelled for now.
If you have a friend or family member your speaking with to ensure their safety, feel free to call into the station to share their stories, let them tell us about what they’ve seen and heard at 519.643.9696.
The guy who works in the convenience store in my building just told me about his family / friends in Fort Mac. One family just bought a house four months ago. The property value had tanked before the wildfire but they had just began renovations, starting a life in their new home. It’s heartbreaking to see so many Canadians having to leave their belongings behind, driving on a highway with sparks flying at their windshields through a scene that we’ve only found in movies, hoping to get out alive.
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We’re also keeping an eye on the latest news out of Fort McMurray here: