Fort McMurray Wildfire Update & Corporate Response

Posted by on Friday, May 6, 2016

The fire is now 85,000 hectares in size.

The main fire is now south of the city and it is expected to continue to burn out of control, for many days to come.

Outside the city there are more than 100 firefighters, 10 helicopters, and 16 air tankers fighting the wildfire, with more resources on the way. Meanwhile within the city there are more than 200 firefighters and 25 fire trucks protecting homes and buildings. So far more than 1,600 homes and buildings have burned.

About 4,000 evacuees stranded north of Fort McMurray were flown to Calgary or Edmonton from runways at two oilsands camps.

Here is the latest as of May 5, 9:20 p.m. 
  • Anzac/Gregoire Lake Estates remains an active zone. Further details won't be available until the morning.
  • The Stone Creek Area remains an active fire zone.
  • The Birchwood Trails remains a priority from a strategic firefighting standpoint. Crews are working hard to protect this area.
  • Gusting winds have been extremely challenging for fire crews.
  • Properties near green areas remain an issue due to sparks and high winds creating spot fires among housing.
  • A plan is being developed for northern evacuees.

Today across Fort McMurray it will continue to be smokey with a high of 19 degrees expected.

Northwest winds are spreading smoke from wildfires in northeast Alberta into portions of Fort McMurray and western Saskatchewan today. Smoke is producing poor air quality and reduced visibilities in some areas. Smoke near the ground is causing very high health risk conditions.

Corporate Response
Labatt in Alberta has stopped production of beer to produce 200,000 cans of water to assist firefighters and evacuees in Alberta.

Walmart Canada and the Walmart Foundation has made an immediate $500,000 commitment to relief efforts.

Tim Hortons has donated $100,000. A $300,000 donation has made by Loblaws. Sunlife has donated $100,000. Meanwhile Bell and Rogers have donated $100,000 to Red Cross along with many more donations.

The Team

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