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    Wildfires in Fort McMurray Alberta

    A huge wildfire raging in Fort McMurray, Alta., has burned homes in some neighbourhoods, and residents fleeing the fire have caused gridlock on Highway 63 leading south out of the city.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...ders-1.3563977

    Scary stuff....Check out the harrowing video that this guy posted on twitter....showing how tense the situation is right now. There is only one road into Fort McMurray and one road out.

    https://twitter.com/jstuffcocrimlaw/...753280?lang=en

    It's been unseasonably hot in Fort McMurray, an oil-based city located in northern Alberta. Typical highs at this time of year are 15 celsius (just below 60f). It's 32 celsius (approximately 90f). If this is how spring is starting out, I hate to see what things will be like later in summer!
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    They've been evacuating areas in the north of the city, but here is an image from an industrial area in the south of the city.
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    I was just coming here to post this. Horrible.


    All of Fort McMurray evacuated as wildfire intensifies
    Updated: May 3, 2016 9:04 pm

    As of 6:20 p.m., all of Fort McMurray is under a mandatory evacuation order including MacDonald Island.

    The mandatory evacuation order now means all of Fort McMurray’s more than 61,000 residents are being told to flee the city.
    "This is going to be a rough 48 hours coming up,” Farnell warned."
    Last edited by byo; 05-03-2016 at 09:24 PM.

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    The images coming out are terrifying.

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    The highway is gridlocked. The flames are bearing down on the city.

    Take care everyone! Please get safely out of town.
    Any man's death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    Therefore, send not to know, for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.
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    The entire city of Fort McMurray (population 70-80k) is now under complete evacuation order.
    Any man's death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    Therefore, send not to know, for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.
    ~John Dunne


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    Prayers for all affected. Glad for once that my boys are working elsewhere, but the whole province is tinder dry.

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    This is horrifying.


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    Another hit to the already crippled Canadian oil industry.

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    Canadian oilsands city goes up in smoke:

    "A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., raged through neighbourhoods Tuesday afternoon, threatening the downtown core.

    The entire city of 60,000 has been ordered evacuated. Residents fleeing the fire have caused gridlock on Highway 63 leading north and south out of the city.

    Homes in Beacon Hill and the Centennial Trailer Park were confirmed as destroyed, but other neighbourhoods are believed to lost homes as well.

    CBC Radio presents live coverage

    As CBC Edmonton is the only radio station currently on the air in Fort McMurray, we will continue with live fire coverage through the evening. We will stay on air as long as the situation warrants.

    You can find CBC Edmonton at 93.9 FM and 740 AM"

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...town-1.3563977


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    It was 87F way up north in Fort McMurray today.

    "This fire today with the temperature, the relative humidity … the fuel is very explosive out there right now," he said.

    Muir said the province has nine air tankers, a dozen helicopters, and more than 100 firefighters, with more on the way.

    Firefighters are expecting a cold front to move into the area by mid-afternoon Wednesday, with winds gusting up to 50 km/h.

    "So tomorrow is expected to be a more intense burning day than today is," Muir said."

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...town-1.3563977

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    A gas station exploded, hotel burned down, restaurants burning, entire neighbourhoods turning to ash. RCMP are delivering gas to people whose cars have run out of gas on the highway. Residents are evacuated to oil sands camps, but the nearest one has already his full capacity.

    It will be a miracle if everyone gets out alive.

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    How did the fire start?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dyannaON View Post
    How did the fire start?


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    Not sure. It has been warm and dry with record breaking warm temperatures (breaking records from 100 years ago), and it's not uncommon for fires to be started by lightning.

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    It seems at this point everyone has made it out safely.
    Our prayers to all websluth members , family and friends, who have been displaced.
    The surrounding community are amazing in opening there homes.

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