Thursday, 5 May 2016

The latest from Fort McMurray

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


Viewed from space, the Fort McMurray wildfire looks like an explosion


  1. What Im suprised or abruptly amazed at, is the high temperatures and the size and speed of this wild fire.

  2. This is our new normal. This is what the fate of humanity looks like as we destroy our earth. Fort McMurray and the 88,000 odd souls living there, exists solely because of the exploitation of the oil sands. When this fire is over, that exploitation will carry on as if nothing had happened. It's the true definition of insanity if a body dares think logically about it. Neer Do Well Blog