Originally Posted by Doug P.
Big thumbs up to Suncor, Shell, CNRL and all the other camps/mines that are hosting evacuees.
They took extraordinary steps to shut down, evacuate workers to make room everyone.
Yup, they have stepped in big time, donating truck loads of goods to evacuation shelters & checking on the whereabouts of all their employees - even those who are currently off work on leave time.
Also a big thumbs up to West Jet who has 10-11 jets flying since yesterday morning taking out those who are now trapped in the North. They were all told to go North when the evacuations started.... but now they find themselves in the path of the fire once again with no way out.
To but this situation into perspective, Fort McMurray is not a large city but its not a real small one lane town either - population of between 60,000 and 80,000 people. There is a fluctuation in population due to the number of people who work & live in the area during the week but have their principle residents elsewhere in the Canada - many from the Edmonton and Calgary regions, as well as BC and the Maritimes. Due to the nature of the main employment in the area, many of the families who have lost everything are young families.
CTV News - has some pretty amazing video that people took while they were trying to evacuate their homes
- traffic grid lock with the fire burning beside them.
This story is far from over. This morning one of the fire officials stated that there is NOTHING that will stop this fire that continues to growing at a very alarming rate..... except rain and that is not in the forecast.
Thoughts and prays continue to go out to those in the area and those who have had family impacted by it.