40-foot wall of flames: Alberta sees mass evacuations as wildfire rolls in
The entire population of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada has been ordered to abandon their homes after a wildfire ravaging a nearby forest moved into the area. The fire has already destroyed homes in several neighborhoods. RT America’s Alex Mihailvich joins Simone Del Rosario from Toronto, Canada.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:48 PM - As imagery continues to stream in from those on the ground in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, satellites far above the planet have been capturing the view from space.
Satellite data released today by NASA paints a detailed and sinister portrait of wildfires closing in on Fort McMurray early this morning.
The NASA data shows the wildfire closing in on Fort McMurray from the south and west, invading the Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways neighbourhoods.
This loop image shows the last 48 hours of the Fort McMurray fire.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said roughly 1,600 structures in Fort McMurray have destroyed or damaged by a wildfire that raged through Fort McMurray Tuesday night, Global News reported.
In a news conference Wednesday morning, Notley said depending on the wind, the fire likely will spread into the Thickwood and Timberlea neighbourhoods. The fire is expected to be even worse than on Tuesday, thanks to a third day of high temperatures and low humidity. The current size is between 7,500 and 10,000 hectares.
About 88,000 people have fled the fire