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This morning the fires are still burning and extending their reach. The fire command centre has been moved three times account the fire moving in on it.

Over 90,000 have evacuated from the area both South and North on the only highway through Fort McMurray.






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That is not good, I have been seeing some of that on Google News

is there any good outlook for this yet?

and how badly is this going to impact the town and major public services?
hospitals, public safety buildings, etc?
 

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I just modified my Google News to monitor the fire:

The entire city of Fort McMurray, Alta. is under a mandatory evacuation order as an out-of-control wildfire rips through the area.

Alberta wildfire: Emergency declared in Fort McMurray


BBC News - ‎7 hours ago‎




A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Alberta in Canada after a wildfire forced all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to flee. Officials say the fast-moving blaze could destroy much of the city. The fire, which broke out on Sunday ...


I sure feel sorry for those folks up there.
 

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Hospital and town office safe for now. Water supply has been protected and fire departments from all over Alberta have arrived at Fort Mac. The military are also on the ground as support to the wild land fire fighters and city fire fighters.

With all of this there have been only two fatalities in a collision out on the highway between a semi and a SUV.

In some of the photos it looks like a A-Bomb was dropped there.

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Three members of our family have each lost their homes and everything they own... cloths, vehicles, MCs, 4 wheelers etc.


One lost their two dogs as they were not allowed to go back to their home to get them. They left for work that morning and the winds changed and they could not get back in time.


It's a horrible situation there.


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so sorry to hear about your family's losses....
even with good insurance, it is going to be a hard row to hoe trying to recover from all of that.
 

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Were all so very thankful that everone has gotten out alive. That sounds so cliché but...


...but my brother in law literally drove through a wall of fire to leave the premise of his work after shutting things down. The fire burst across the road in a mini tornado. It peeled the paint off the truck and the truck started to lose power. He figured that it was starving for air. He is really shaken up. When they got about 2 km away they could see the compound where he was. Some of the smaller sheds were on fire.


He lost everything (including his job) but his family and realizes he is a very wealthy man!


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That is way too close an experience..... if that truck had stalled out as he was trying to leave the compound, you would be telling us a far sadder tale.

Is there anything the forum can do to help them?
 

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Prayers.

That's about it. We have a lot of people from Atlantic Canada that work out there. A tremendous amount actually.

As for our family, they are all coming home when they can get flights. They can deal with insurances from here. Whats left of Fort Mac will not be open for a while.

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doesn't sound good
 

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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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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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