FORT MCMURRAY, CANADA—On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history. The fire continues to spread across northeast Alberta, and has impacted Canada’s oil sand operations. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
Abraham Shepherd, President of CGR, urges Canadians to step forward: “As we mobilize our efforts across Canada, we’re appealing to good conscience Canadians to help us respond with aid to residents of Fort McMurray.” With partners, a disaster relief command centre has been established in Edmonton to help coordinate efforts. General donations to CGR disaster relief efforts in the region can be made through the above “Donate” button, while volunteers are desired through for cleanup (training provided) in the weeks to come. Hampers for evacuee families are also requested and will be matched by donation.
Disaster Recovery Training
Evacuee Family Hampers
Fort McMurray Updates
Volunteer with Cleanup
Header Photos: Chris Schwarz / Government of Alberta / Fort McMurray Wildfires 115, 371, 459, 1194 / May 4, 5, 7, 2016 / CC license, Flickr.