I have no photos for this but am writing about the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta in the heart of the oil sands. Yesterday I heard that the wild fire that was burning outside of town was turning away.
This afternoon I was listening to the radio and heard that the flames were turned into a raging inferno and a mandatory evacuation of the whole town was in effect.There is one highway in and out of town and the cars were going either north or south taking up all four lanes.
I saw a video that showed the cars leaving the town, with flames right beside the road and smoke totally blacking out visibility. I cannot imagine how terrifying this was.A lot of cars were stranded at the side of the road and passengers were being picked up by other drivers.Traffic is grid-locked. Families are heading north to the various work camps that are not full of workers, but filling up quickly with the evacuees and to lodges at Fort McKay First Nations, anywhere they can find safety and a place to stay. I heard of farmers posting signs along the highway saying”Our home is yours. Come and stay.”
The wild fire has burned down some of the neighbourhoods already.Tomorrow’s forecast predicts more high winds and temperatures in the 30’s. Extra fire crews are being sent north to help.This is truly devastating.I know our prayers are with them as well as other places in the globe that are suffering from earthquakes, fires and floods.