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The RCMP are escorting 50 vehicles at a time southbound on Highway 63, with pilot cars at the front and rear of the line and four Griffin helicopters following overhead to watch for threats. An estimated 1,500 vehicles are lined up to make the drive through the city, to about 20 kilometres south of it. Vehicles are not allowed to stop for any reason along the route, the RCMP said in a news release. All intersections have been blocked off so no one can make a wrong turn along the route.
Some of the evacuees, who have spent days on roadsides and at oil sands camps north of town, did not know whether the fire destroyed their homes. Most have few possessions with them, and some left pets behind.
originally posted by: masqua
It has been my question from the onset as well. Chances are that it was human caused and we will find that out eventually. It could be as simple as someone tossing a lit cigarette butt out of a moving vehicle. The conditions there are prime for fires at the moment.
originally posted by: Rocker2013
It is heartbreaking to see.
It's just overwhelming to even think about how someone would come back from something like this, I mean where do you start in rebuilding?
Should they even rebuild?
I have to say that while I admire the determination I've heard from many that they want to go back, I'm not sure most of them actually will. I mean, what's the point in rebuilding your life there if there's the likelihood of this happening again in a few years time when the forests have returned? We know that weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable and our environment is becoming increasingly unstable (no debate needed over whether it's man made or not, we know for a fact it is absolutely happening) so the chances of this happening again have increased considerably.
Five-year-old Alexander Tuck spent his Saturday afternoon running a lemonade stand in a plaza outside Toronto, with the proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross to help those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire.