Fort McMurray Wildfire

Gian Paolo Catalfo

Dr. Llinas

On May 1, 2016 a wildfire started in the southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Two days after, all the fire destroyed about 2400 houses and buildings causing the biggest evacuation in Alberta’s history. The fire moved over to the northern part of Alberta and it destroyed part of Canada’s oil sand operations. On May 4 the government of Alberta declared a state of emergency saying that around 25000 acres of land were burned. Due to the fire the airport was closed and all the flights had to be cancelled.  The fire was so big that it was producing lightning due to the size and the heat. The government is asking for aid and they were sending put rescue helicopters and they asked the government of Ontario and they sent 100 firefighters and 19 supervisory staff. They government said that this fire caused damages of around $4.6 billion. Scientists have currently not determined the cause of the fire.

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