Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 - NBC News, Fort McMurray's Wildfire

NBC News covers the Fort McMurray's Wildfire, June 2016, #7

May 10, 2016 Alberta Legislature: Wildfires in Fort McMurray had halted oil production. An NBC news crew from New York set up cameras and lighting next to my easel where I had already begun painting this morning. They would interview executives in the oil industry who were here to meet with Government officials inside the Legislature. The crew allowed me to film some of their interviews anchored by a reporter who came in from Vancouver. The news director thanked me for asking for permission first before I filmed. It was the natural thing to do after I completed my painting later in June to title it NBC News Covers Fort McMurray's Wildfire.

May 10, 2016 Fort McMurray Fire: Stunned Alberta Leaders Get First Look at Devastation Regional leaders and journalists got their first close-up look Monday at the cataclysmic landscape left behind by the raging wildfire in Alberta. Authorities raised the number of structures reported lost in the half-million-acre inferno near Fort McMurray to 2,400, up by 50 percent from Sunday. But Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said after Monday's bus tour of the area that "we've saved almost 25,000 [structures], including the hospital, municipal buildings and every functioning school." The tour revealed a blackened, charred moonscape of smoky ruins, damage so stark that Intact Financial, Canada's largest insurer, called "unprecedented." Charles Brindamour, Intact's chief executive officer, said in a statement that the company has sent more than 1,000 claims workers to the city to help customers who've lost their homes, cars and businesses. Notley acknowledged, "It was quite overwhelming in some spots." But she said, "It reinforced to me how much work and how much success was achieved over the last few days by those heroic firefighters." Notley promised that Fort McMurray would emerge "with real structural resilience, with most of its critical infrastructure preserved." They will be rebuilt," she promised. USA/ NBC News

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