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The wildfire season has started very early with over fifty already burning in BC alone, but by far the worst is the one in Fort McMurray in Alberta. The whole town and surrounding areas have now been evacuated almost 90000 people with no loss of life, but with most of the town burned to the ground. Sam used to be up there frequently for meetings, it is horrible to watch, and the fire shows no sign of letting up

Below is a video showing people trying to leave town, knowing their homes will most likely not be standing when they return. Here in Vancouver water restrictions have already begun, and the real possibility this year of an interface fire. We decided to be ready just in case, and have packed ‘go’ bags. It is going to be a long hot summer. But my heart goes out to those from Fort McMurray, who had little warning.



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May. 5th, 2016 09:21 pm (UTC)
My heart and sympathies are with you. Having had too many dry summers here, I know how horrible fires can be.

May. 6th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
This one is the worst I have ever heard of so many people have lost so much, and the fire keeps burning.
May. 6th, 2016 11:19 am (UTC)
It's just so awful and I just cry for the poor animals.
May. 5th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
I couldn't believe the news when I heard it. 80 thousand evacuated?? Where are they putting everybody?!
May. 6th, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
They used centers in other communities, but then the one in Anzac had to be evacuated as well. Some the oil companies have cut production and people were using the camps there, but there were too many so they were flown out, it is a nightmare.
May. 5th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
I saw that on the news and it's heartbreaking!!!
May. 6th, 2016 01:44 am (UTC)
You can see that heartbreak on the faces of people, it is tragic.
May. 6th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
I have been watching videos of it on the new services over here. What a catastrophe.
All those people in their cars bumper to bumper with the fire surging towards them. It would have been closer to hell than I'd ever want to get.

As you know Australia has its share of bush fires, but we have never (to my knowledge) had a fire of that magnitude so close to a city of 80 thousand people. Our fires are more out on the fringe.

Canada has my sympathy
May. 6th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
I think there are few houses still standing, and the videos are heartbreaking to watch. This fire just went right through the town.

We usually have Australian firefighters here in BC most summers now, and we have so many trees!

It will take years to rebuild:(
May. 6th, 2016 06:32 am (UTC)
I occasionally see on the news Australian firefighters getting ready to embark to Canada.

It's good that they can help out the Canadian firefighters. It takes a special sort of person to try and get those huge fires under control.
May. 6th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
We have a great relationship with your guys, and when need we have also gone to Australia.

We know a few younger guys who have been in the middle of fire for a summer, it is gruelling work. This fire continues and likely will do so until we get rain, and there is no sign of that.
Selma Ehrenfeld
May. 6th, 2016 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm worried about you and everyone...I've been thinking about you
for months.
I don't recall anything this devastating happening here.
Take care..
May. 6th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
The fire is in Alberta, many miles away from us, and the fires here in BC are all up north so far, so we are safe.
May. 6th, 2016 05:23 am (UTC)
This story really blows me away. I can't imagine what I would do if my entire city was destroyed by a fire.
May. 6th, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how people deal with it. We have had it happen to small communities, but never one this size, and with such destruction.
May. 6th, 2016 09:08 am (UTC)
It was on our news last night as well ... terrible ... I'm so sorry for all the people who've lost their homes.

I hope you will be okay.
May. 6th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
We are in the next province, so are fine, but for the first time they are talking about an interface fire, and we live in an area covered in trees so this year we not only have 'go' backs ready, but a list of what to grab at the last minute.
May. 6th, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
I've been watching this on the news, it's so awful. These poor people who will lose their homes, I just can't imagine what that must feel like. I don't know why, but I tend to think of Canada as a cold, snowy country and seeing this fire raging was such a surprise.
May. 6th, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)
Most of them have lost their homes, no doubt about that, and as this fire rages on it depend on the wind which way it will go, and now the two fires have joined, and it keeps growing

I can't comprehend how it must feel. Some people drove north and now they are being evacuated through the ruins to another location.
May. 6th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
This is always so awful. I feel so bad for those folks.
May. 6th, 2016 07:03 pm (UTC)
They have lost everything, and it will be a long time before they can even go and see the damage.
Selma Ehrenfeld
May. 6th, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
The news gets worse and worse.. Where are you in relation to this?
May. 6th, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
Every day it does get worse, but we are about a fifteen hour drive from Fort McMurray, there is no way it will reach here.
May. 8th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Wow. That is heartbreaking. *hugs*
May. 8th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC)
It really is, and the fire just keeps growing. nothing can stop it now except a lot of rain for a good few days.
May. 8th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
I wish loads of rain for the area...
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Oct. 9th, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
It is certainly cooling down now, especially with all the rain we have been getting.
Nov. 16th, 2016 03:54 am (UTC)
The wildfire season has started very early with over fifty already burning in BC alone but by far th
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