“We know Albertans are stepping up to help the people of Fort Mc Murray,” Notley said in a press release. The most effective thing people can do right now is make donations to the Red Cross, knowing our government will match those funds.” Donations can be made by going to the Red Cross website or by phoning 1-800-418-1111.
Reporting by Otiena Ellwand, Janet French, Emma Graney, Keith Gerein, Gordon Kent, Dave Lazzarino, Bill Mah, Vincent Mc Dermott, Paige Parsons, Paula Simons, Elise Stolte There’s no word yet on what caused the giant wildfire, which early Wednesday morning was estimated at 10,000 hectares.
“When you have 80,000 people leave in a relatively short period of time, it’s very hard to control,” Long said.
“Traffic is no longer moving north and south on Highway 63,” said Dale Bendfeld, Wood Buffalo acting director of community and protective services.
“What occurred in the afternoon with the weather was that the fire started creating momentum.
Premier Rachel Notley met with evacuees at a recovery centre in Anzac Wednesday evening to tell them her government and all Albertans are behind them.
“We may have a long road ahead of us, but they can count not only on the government, but the people of Alberta to support them,” she said.