Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fort McMurray News Stories in July

Provincial state of emergency due to Fort McMurray wildfire now ended! July 2, 2016 Alberta: For the first time since May 4th, Alberta isn’t under a provincial state of emergency. It was declared the day after a raging wildfire forced 90,000 people from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, completely emptying Fort McMurray. The declaration was put in place so the Province could spearhead efforts to get that massive wildfire under control. The provincial state of emergency ended as of midnight on Friday, with a local state of emergency taking its place. Residents have since returned to the area after the evacuation order was lifted a month ago. They returned to the community to find that 2,400 homes and buildings had been lost. It was 2013 the last time a state of emergency was declared province-wide. That was for the southern Alberta floods that devastated several communities including High River and Calgary. 630CHED

'They went through one of the most significant events that any firefighter could ever go through'! July 3, 2016: The man who led the battle against The Beast says many Fort McMurray firefighters are now wrestling a different set of demons. Fire Chief Darby Allen says the emotional toll is hitting home for the crews who worked non-stop for days to beat back the ferocious wildfire that breached the northeastern Alberta city two months ago. Counselling services have been offered from the beginning, but Allen said it's important that help is available for the long haul.

Wildlife returns as forest regenerates after Fort McMurray wildfire July 7, 2016 Fort McMurray: University of Alberta researchers are studying the first animals to return to the charred forest. Standing in a burned-out bog near Fort McMurray, University of Alberta researcher Hedwig Lankau is surrounded by small signs of life. The damp bog is one of her favourite places to explore, after a wildfire changes its ecosystem. "I find that after the fire it's different, but it's beautiful and it represents that new beginning," Lankau says.

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