Thursday, May 5, 2016
Fort McMurray fire: State of emergency declared - Update
CTV is reporting that " Alberta has expanded an evacuation order around Fort McMurray and declared a provincial state of emergency as devastating wildfires continue to rip through the city and surrounding area. An estimated 1,600 structures have been burned and more than 80,000 residents forced from their homes ahead of the flames, which are expected to continue burning into the weekend." Absolutely tragic.
It is humbling to realize everything you've worked for your entire life can be gone in a New York minute. Yet it is inspiring to see people reach out in times of need. The moral of the story is clear. People and more important than possessions. To support victims of the fire in Fort McMurray, text REDCROSS to 45678 or 30333. Ottawa will match all donations to the Alberta Fire Appeal.
Update: The Canadian Press is reporting that Russia has offered assistance putting out the fire.