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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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Terrible

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

Saying :pray: for everyone and that this fire ends with much needed :rain:.
 

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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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Heard on the news last night that the escape highway was blocked by the fire and they would have to airlift thousands out.
Also heard that the fire was closing in on the emergency center where people had gone.

Looks as bad as bad can get.
Prayers for all those people.
 

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There is one highway in and out. It goes north of the city too so when the evacuation started people had to go north first because the south bound was blocked by fire. After a few hours the south bound opened up toward Edmonton but by that time there was about 20,000 trapped north of the city. This morning they are opening up to about 200 vehicles at a time and escorting them through to where they are safe on their own.

The airlift was limited to the hospital evacuation as needed not the general population.

Wierd feeling in the provice right now with evacuation centres everywhere possible. Brings out the best in people for sure.
 

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There is one highway in and out. It goes north of the city too so when the evacuation started people had to go north first because the south bound was blocked by fire. After a few hours the south bound opened up toward Edmonton but by that time there was about 20,000 trapped north of the city. This morning they are opening up to about 200 vehicles at a time and escorting them through to where they are safe on their own.

The airlift was limited to the hospital evacuation as needed not the general population.

Wierd feeling in the provice right now with evacuation centres everywhere possible. Brings out the best in people for sure.
You may have mentioned and I missed it, Carvel, but how far is the fire from where you live? I know Alberta is a large province, but my knowledge of Canadian geography is not good.

I couldn't imagine what it must be like for the residents and the fire fighters. Our prayers are with all.
 

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You may have mentioned and I missed it, Carvel, but how far is the fire from where you live? I know Alberta is a large province, but my knowledge of Canadian geography is not good.

I couldn't imagine what it must be like for the residents and the fire fighters. Our prayers are with all.
It's about 5 hours north of us so no danger to us at all. A few weeks ago there were fires and evacuations just 10 miles west of us and I was ready to fill barrels for me and hook up the trailer for my wife, but as bad as that was it is so dwarfed by this Fort McMurray fire.

The news report today says that 20% of the city is lost and mostly residential. The water treatment plant, hospital, airport, and other key infrastructure is in tact thankfully. But even with the majority of the city in tact people won't be back for weeks, can you imagine the potential looting if they just opened up the barricades?

Earlier I mentioned that the only air evacuations were hospital patients but that wasn't entirely accurate. Thousands that did not have vehicles have been flown out including workers from the oil sand plants north of the city. Most of those facilities have their own airstrips for flying workers in and out anyway.
 

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It's about 5 hours north of us so no danger to us at all. A few weeks ago there were fires and evacuations just 10 miles west of us and I was ready to fill barrels for me and hook up the trailer for my wife, but as bad as that was it is so dwarfed by this Fort McMurray fire.

The news report today says that 20% of the city is lost and mostly residential. The water treatment plant, hospital, airport, and other key infrastructure is in tact thankfully. But even with the majority of the city in tact people won't be back for weeks, can you imagine the potential looting if they just opened up the barricades?

Earlier I mentioned that the only air evacuations were hospital patients but that wasn't entirely accurate. Thousands that did not have vehicles have been flown out including workers from the oil sand plants north of the city. Most of those facilities have their own airstrips for flying workers in and out anyway.
Thanks for the updates.
Looked at the radar and it looks like there is no precipitation anywhere approaching.
 

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Thanks for the update Carvel Loafer. Glad you are safe.
 

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Glad to hear you're OK , but prayers to those dealing with this fire. Watching the news this morning , WOW one scary fire...
 
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