Saturday, May 14, 2016

Canada: Fort McMurray Disaster

The raging forrest fires in Canada can be seen from this Carbon Monoxide satellite image. The levels are too high and the area affected huge. On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. The fire continues to spread across remote forested areas of northern Alberta, and has impacted Canada's oil sand operations. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
The raging wildfire, which began about two weeks ago, pushed more than 88,000 people out of their homes in Canada's oil sands capital. There are 1,714 firefighters, 123 helicopters, 226 pieces of heavy equipment and 26 air tankers currently battling the fires
Mr Trudeau will assess the damage and meet Alberta premier Rachel Notley and emergency workers.
The fire, which has moved away from the city, destroyed 2,432 structures.
It is now 930 square miles (2,410 square kilometres) and is expected to burn for a few more weeks.
Officials have said they are making a plan within two weeks to get residents back into their homes, but fire conditions are supposed to worsen in the coming days.
The following is a Google Map image of the affected area. Looks really bad!
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