Donations urged following Fort McMurray fire
Some 80,000 people, including the entire city of Fort McMurray, have been forced to flee an “explosive” wildfire, in what is the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta’s history.
The city now lies empty, with the exception of fire-fighting personnel, as evacuation centres have been set up to cope with the mass displacement.
Up to 10,000 hectares of land has been affected so far, and entire neighbourhoods have been largely destroyed.
No injuries have been reported, and the Downtown area is mostly unaffected so far.
Irish people caught up in the fire have been receiving offers of help on Facebook, while the Canadian Red Cross is leading the appeal for donations.
Federal and provincial leaders say those affected will be supported throughout the ordeal, but warn that the situation is deteriorating in some areas.
Fort McMurray fire in tweets
— Jordan J Stuffco (@jstuffcocrimlaw) May 3, 2016
— Edmonton Journal (@edmontonjournal) May 4, 2016
— Terry Reith (@TerryReithCBC) May 3, 2016
— Dan! Dan! Dan!..Dan! (@bango1973) May 3, 2016
— Mike Allen (@MikeAllen_YMM) May 3, 2016
— Michel Gosselin (@MGBlastroid) May 4, 2016
— CBC News (@CBCNews) May 4, 2016
— Canadian Red Cross (@redcrosscanada) May 4, 2016
My thoughts are with people affected by the fire in Fort McMurray tonight. Stay safe and remember to follow evacuation orders. #ymmfire
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 3, 2016
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