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    Entire City Evacuated

    It's hard to imagine an entire city of over 60,000 people evacuated due to a forest fire that is sweeping through, but that is what is happening in northern Alberta. Almost 2,000 structures destroyed and fire throughout the city in Fort McMurray. People have been fleeing for over the last 24 hours and the city is empty. So hard to imagine. Here is just one news clip.

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    i didn't know uns had such bad wild fires up there, boy i sure don't like wild fires. sorry to here of this.

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    That's a terrible situation. I feel for the people forced to leave their homes behind, hoping there something to return to. I hope they get some rain/cooler temps. We would share the rain if we could.

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    Just terrible.
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    Terrible for all those affected. I don't think many of us could imagine the situation or what those poor folks are going through.

    Thoughts & prayers going out to those affected by Mother Nature's fury.
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    I feel for the victims. I work for a city that lost 1/4 of its homes, 2 churches, community center and a library 2 years ago in a similar event. It is a slow process to return to normal again. Many disaster chasers will be there soon to fleece the vulnerable. We were able to identify and weed out many of these unscrupulous individuals before they took advantage of too many grief stricken residents. Hope they get a handle on this soon.
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    I feel for the community and the firefighters too. As a former FF/EMT, wildfires scared me much more than any structure fire. There's just so much heat and wind that it seems impossible to control it.

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    So sad Carvel Loafer. Oregon has similar fires in the spring and summer, usually not of that magnitude. Winter have everything green again but we'll see how the next few months go.

    Saying for everyone and that this fire ends with much needed .
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    Forest fires are common place in our area. You always hope it doesn't move into communities. After the Slave Lake fire of 2011 that leveled a town of 9000 people we hoped that would have been our big one for the generation but here we go again.
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    As someone who has experienced a house fire in their personal residence, I can say that fewer things scare me more than fire. I will NEVER forget walking around the rear of my home after being awoken by a massive explosion of lightening to see flames rolling out of the 2nd floor soffit vents........The lightening strike ended up knocking Mrs. bear completely out of bed and rendering her with serious medical conditions which continue.

    Another very scary part of the process was that even by time the fire department had arrived, the smoke detectors in the living area of our home had not yet gone off due to the fire being all above the 2nd floor. Fortunately I had installed heat rise sensors in the attic which immediately reported the fire through the back up cell system communicator.

    By the time I called the fire department myself, they had already been dispatched 7 minutes earlier due to the security system and monitoring service. The lightening strike took out the land phone lines so had I not had the cellular backup, the fire would have gotten an extra 10 minutes to burn before being fought by our amazing and heroic volunteer fire fighters.

    In the end, we were out of our house for over 5 months and State Farm spent over $350,000 to repair our home. State Farm was absolutely phenomenal and there is not one thing they could have done differently.

    My sincere Best wishes to all of those in Canada fighting this and all other wild fires.....

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