John Henderson of Edmonton, a scaffolder who was staying at a
camp about an hour north of Fort McMurray, said he and the other
workers were going to be flown out to make room for the
evacuees, most of whom had arrived on buses and were staying in
"Let's face it, if things go south -- and by south I mean move
more north -- this isn't a place you want to be anyways."
Hayley O'Malley, a construction worker from Edmonton, said she
was going to head up to Fort McMurray with a group of about 100
friends to help out, adding they would load up with water and
food to take to the evacuees.
"I'll drive north, help out where I can and see what happens,"
However, the Alberta Fire Fighters Association sent out an
urgent tweet, pleading with people to stay home.
"We all want to help but UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU SELF
Fort McMurray is the capital of Alberta's oilsands region and
sits about 435 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
It was five years ago this month that wildfires destroyed about
one-third of the community of Slave Lake, Alta. More than 500
homes and buildings were damaged at a cost of hundreds of
millions of dollars.
Notley said the Fort McMurray situation rivals the Slave Lake
"In terms of fire this is our biggest fire evacuation," she
said. "This is bigger than Slave Lake."
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