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originally posted by: Sparkymedic
they sure as hell have made quite the mess up there in the tar sands...call it karma?
They ran out of gasoline last night and people were having trouble getting to Edmonton and areas nearby for shelter. But humanity's good side came out and everyone is offering fuel, food, shelter for 100+ miles around. Temps are expected to hit 30C today, and tonight it is expected cloud will move in to cool the area down for the firefighters. Roads are still gridlocked this morning "at a near standstill" with only one road out and into the situation. People are riding bikes to get out and even walking. Some people darting across the roads taking risks getting out. The trailer park and condos are all gone this morning, as well as the motel, Denny's, and other businesses. Downtown apparently looks like a war zone. Sounds like the entire city was leveled by fire last night, except a few smaller communities that are partially damaged. The National Department of National Defense has been called for assistance, and are waiting to hear back. Yet that Alberta pride is shining hard already today, and once folks get their bearings on the situation after last night, they'll start rocking and rolling.
Just heard there's EIGHTY per cent loss of homes. That is so massive I can't believe it's happening. This isn't stackem and packem high density living, this is a community spread through a huge arboreal forest, through hills and valleys, so the aerial videos should be jaw dropping later today. If allowed in to take any, as the smokey skies are filled with water bombers and rescue helicopters.
The live interviews are pretty sad already today. Many are overwhelmed with the sights this morning. Even the mayor of slave lake has joined the fire fight. My neighbor has a son there and she hasn't been able to get in touch by any way at all. She's terrified right now that he was lost. No reports of human casualties as of yet, but that is standard procedure until things calm down a bit.
No gas stations for 200 miles all the way to Wandering River, so a huge shout out to all the awesome people driving up with fuel to help get the other folks get out. 53,000 people left by car last night, and many staying in lodges once they're out.
We're tough in Alberta, and we'll eventually beat this thing with the help of one another. Most people don't appreciate how remote this location is, and how cut off from everything they are now, more than normally.
It literally is the middle of nowhere. No food, very little water, no fuel. Sounds like everyone lost everything.
originally posted by: peck420
originally posted by: JuJuBee
The worst is yet to come.
And, get this: It's been said, the fire was started by the Mayor's son, who's a firefighter.
Votes and taxpaying dollars! And you still do both. SHAMEFUL!!!
That was Mayerthorpe. Different fire.
Published Sunday, May 01, 2016 2:31PM EDT
Last updated Monday, May 02, 2016 12:15AM EDT
The CN trestle bridge in Mayerthorpe, Alta., was made of wood and when it caught fire last week it burned like so much kindling, giving off clouds of thick black smoke and glowing bright orange. The blaze was one of nearly two dozen suspicious fires that have scarred the small community near Edmonton in the past two weeks. And when the apparent string of blazes came to an end this weekend, it was with a revelation as disturbing as the fires themselves: the arrest, on 18 counts of arson, of 19-year-old volunteer firefighter Lawson Schalm.
"There's roughly 100 firefighter arsonists convicted every year in North America and all of them are serial arsonists, which means three or more fires,"....
Research into firefighter arson indicates it's a long-standing problem. Some researchers have recommended national databases or tracking systems be established...The NVFC website notes that firefighter arson "is a long-standing problem that impacts fire departments and communities across the nation," suggesting it is "not a new phenomenon."
originally posted by: JohnnyCanuck
My heart goes out to the folks there. How to help.
I just wonder, though, how many of the 'energy' companies intend to take the insurance loot...and scoot.
This is, after all, a conspiracy site.
Lot of company infrastructure up there, though. I wonder if it marks the end of oil sands development, which is not profitable in the current market, anyway.
originally posted by: peck420
Hard to say, but probably not many. Most of the energy assets aren't physically in FMac. Might make loot and scoot less than profitable.
some people dont understand fort Mcmurray is located in the center of one of the largest forests in the world
there is at least a 100 miles in every direction non stop forest
no one could put that $h!t out