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General · 4th November 2016
Eileen Mackay
Quadra Island Emergency Programme
The 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire
Tuesday, November 8, 2.30pm, Community Centre
On May 1, 2016, the wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray. On May 3 it swept through the community destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta history. Over 80,000 people were evacuated from the Fort McMurray Region. The fire spread across approximately 590 000 hectares before it was declared under control on June 13, 2016. On June 1 re-entry to Fort McMurray commenced, 29 days after the mandatory evacuation order. It is the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
Immediately following the evacuation the Red Cross began responding to meet the needs of individual families and entire communities. On Tuesday, November 8 at 2.30 pm Derrick Harvey from the Canadian Red Cross will give a presentation on the wildfire and its aftermath at the Quadra Island Community Centre. We all watched the numerous news reports on the fire knowing this could very easily happen in our community as it has done in the past, the last major fire being 1925 . Come and find out what the best response would be, what support is needed for evacuees and how it would affect us. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments.