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Here is one man's escape from Fort Mac. Scary !



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Avatar Photo was taken in the Crowsnest Pass between Alberta and British Columbia on Highway 3.

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Some people from our small town here in Ontario were selling their house in Fort Mac because of the slow down.They had it sold and were supposed to sign the papers tomorrow.Non-issue at this point.

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Some folks were driving a bit ragged there, using bravado to force other folks to let them get in, or pass around them on the berms.
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My wife brought this to my attention but I could not watch. I spent 7 years in a rural fire department as a volunteer and have seen my fair share of human tragedies and suffering and loss.


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I know they are just thankful they had time to get home, hook up the camping trailer, grab a few clothes and escape with their lives mostly intact.

a mobile home on wheels, and still they had two vehicles for their use....
immensely more fortunate than a lot of folks.

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Prayers for those who in time of need. Will include the residents in my prayers when I log off and finally go to bed.


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I know they are just thankful they had time to get home, hook up the camping trailer, grab a few clothes and escape with their lives mostly intact.

a mobile home on wheels, and still they had two vehicles for their use....
immensely more fortunate than a lot of folks.
Housing is so expensive there that for some living in a camper trailer is the only way they can go there to work.It's like everywhere else there is a boom,the cost of living is directly proportional to the large wages.

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I just listened to a fire update on the radio.

So far the Fort McMurray fire has consumed 312,000 acres of timber land and a percentage of the city itself.

Currently the fire is moving to the North-East at a speed of 15 MPH and it will reach the Saskatchewan border by nightfall.

Two oil-sands production facilities have shut down with just emergency personnel remaining. The fire has limited chance of reaching the sites because of the nature of mining the area around them.

They expect it will consume another 200,000 acres today.

They estimate that 20% of Fort McMurray has been burned to the ground with other levels of damage throughout the city.

The 25,000 people that evacuated to the North are now in the process of being moved to the South of Fort McMurray via convoy on HWY 63. There is more support for them in the urban centres there.

Some 4,000 people have been airlifted from the camps at the oil-sands production facilities where they seeked shelter on Tuesday. Those facilities have their own airstrips capable of handling planes the size of 737's. The Canadian airforce are using C-130's to help out in this vein.

They expect that by day's end all 25,000 people to the North will have been moved South to safety.


Those people have a long road ahead, prayers going their way.


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I sure feel for those folks, loss of homes, and in some cases, loss of jobs because the business is now gone.
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My brother-in-law drives bus between Edmonton and Fort MacMurray staying over night twice a week in Fort MacMurray.

I called to ask him what he's doing now but he hasn't gotten back to me.

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