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Fort McMurray Wildfire Updates

May 10
Here is the latest update on the Fort McMurray wildfire from the Alberta government, as of Tuesday morning:
Fire conditions remain extreme in the province.
A total of 25 wildfires are burning: one out of control, one being held, 17 under control and six turned over to the responsible parties. There were two new starts yesterday.
There are 1,547 firefighters, 121 helicopters, 194 pieces of heavy equipment and 28 air tankers battling the fires.
Two fires in the Fort McMurray area have joined. The Fort McMurray wildfire is now roughly 229,000 hectares.
There are 700 firefighters, 26 helicopters, 13 air tankers and 46 pieces of heavy equipment units working on the Fort McMurray fire.
The wildfire is approximately 25 to 30 kilometres from the Saskatchewan boundary.
Emergency Financial Assistance-debit cards:
$1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent in emergency financial assistance will be provided to people who have been displaced.
This assistance will likely be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards.
Details on when this assistance will be available and how to access it will be available beginning on May 11, 2016. Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until this time. When details are available they will be posted online and will be available through 310-4455. In order to allow for immediate distribution to people who are most urgently in need of this assistance, we’re asking evacuees who are not in dire need of these funds to not claim them immediately.
Evacuation information:
People at several reception centres are experiencing symptoms consistent with viral gastroenteritis. AHS has Public Health and Infection Prevention and Control staff at these locations to manage the numbers of ill people and to prevent spread.
Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order.
There are 13 reception centres operating within the province. Additional details are available on the Alberta government emergency updates website: www.alberta.ca/emergency.
Preliminary re-entry planning is underway; a schedule for re-entry is expected within two weeks.
Albertans can stay up-to-date on wildfire-related information by calling 310-4455 in Alberta; 1-844-406-3276, and on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps.
Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) has health care teams at several evacuation/reception centres and are available by calling Health Link Toll-free at 811 or the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642.
Last night, 15,789 people participated in a telephone town hall to receive updated information for evacuees. Additional telephone town halls have been scheduled from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 10, Wednesday May 11 and Thursday May 12.
All evacuees are encouraged to participate and receive information on important topics such as getting access to pre-paid debit cards and progress being made to battle the fires.
Evacuees who have registered their cellphone numbers and emergency contact numbers with the Red Cross will be phoned before 7:00 p.m. on the evening of a call.
A transitional shelter plan is being developed for those displaced by the wildfires. Anyone at a reception centre, community centre or hotel is asked to stay where they are for now. We are working to move people to more comfortable, transitional accommodations as quickly as possible.
All evacuees should register with the Red Cross – no matter where you are currently. This will help ensure you have access to the services you may need, including access to emergency financial assistance. Register:
Online at, RedCross.ca
Or via phone at 1-888-350-6070
44,882 households have registered with the Red Cross (more than 90,000 individuals).
Family members and evacuees trying to reunite can also contact the Red Cross. Due to high call volumes, you may not be able to reach someone right away.
If documents, such as driver’s licences or ID cards, were left behind during the evacuation, new cards can be issued free of charge at a registry agent. A list of registry locations can be found at the Service Alberta website at www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca.
Pet recovery information:
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry are working closely with Wood Buffalo Animal Control, Alberta SPCA and partners in Fort McMurray to rescue dogs, cats and other pets left behind during the emergency evacuation. The Alberta SPCA is requesting that those with pets left behind register them online at http://asset.rmwb.ca/pet-rescue/
The first transport of rescued animals from Fort McMurray arrived at the Alberta SPCA’s reception centre in Edmonton early Monday. More than 200 animals were checked through the intake and triage areas by volunteers from the Edmonton Humane Society and the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force. The Alberta SPCA will contact owners as soon as possible to arrange reunions with their pets.
Health-related information:
A boil-water advisory remains in effect for the area of Fort McMurray including Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Janvier, and nearby work camps that pull water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Water Treatment Plant.
To get a replacement Health Care Insurance Card at no cost, call 780-427-1432 or toll free 310-0000 and then 780-427-1432 when prompted. Your Alberta Personal Health Card can be mailed to a temporary address.
Alberta Health Services has issued an air-quality advisory for the Fort McMurray area, as well as a precautionary advisory for communities in the North Zone due to wildfires; residents are advised to take appropriate precautions. Real-time air-quality data and information is available at www.environment.alberta.ca/apps/aqhi/aqhi.aspx.
Road closures:
Highway 881 is closed in both directions between the Hwy 63 junction and Janvier, approximately 90 km south of the Hwy 63/881 junction.
Southbound travel from the Hwy 63/881 junction can only travel south down Hwy 63.
Northbound traffic on Hwy 881 cannot travel north of Janvier.

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Information for parents of school-age children:
All students within the school authorities and schools identified below who are registered in a diploma course and are scheduled to write diploma exams in June 2016 will receive an automatic exemption from the diploma exams:
Fort McMurray Public School District,
Fort McMurray Roman Catholic School District,
École Boréal within the Greater North Central Francophone Education Region (Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord), and
Bill Woodward School (Anzac) within the Northland School Division.
Alberta Education will remain in contact with Northland School Division to assist all affected students. Schools will fill out an exemption form on behalf of all their students.
Students can still decide to write the diploma exams if they so choose. Where possible, schools will be expected to accommodate such requests. If students would like to write an exam at a Special Writing Centre, they, their parents or their school can contact exam.admin@gov.ab.ca or call 780-492-1400.
For more information regarding diploma exams, visit the Alberta Education website or contact Alberta Education through the Alberta Connects system, by email at: alberta.connects@gov.ab.ca, or by phone at 780-427-7219.
Information for post-secondary students:
Starting immediately, all student loan payments or Alberta Repayment Assistance Plan payments will be automatically deferred for six months, interest-free for affected students.
Current students may apply to have their loan reviewed for extension based on their financial circumstances or due to extension or withdrawal from studies. Applications can be made online or by calling the Student Aid Alberta Service Centre.
Any student affected by wildfire who has questions about loans, repayment assistance or requests for reconsideration is encouraged to visit studentaid.alberta.ca or call the Student Aid Alberta Service Centre, Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (MST), toll-free in North America 1-855-606-2096.
Apprentices or journeypersons from the Fort McMurray area who have questions should call the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Information line at 1-800-248-4823, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca.
Students who have been disrupted by the wildfires in the region – please plan to reach out to Student Aid Alberta when you are ready and able to do so.
Student loan borrowers are reminded that they do not pay interest on for six months on their Alberta student loan following graduation. No application is necessary.
Post-secondary students with questions about Alberta student loans can call 1-855-606-2096, or toll free in North America at 1-855-606-2096 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Donations and volunteers:
Anyone who wants to help with a donation can contact the Canadian Red Cross at redcross.ca or 1-800-418-1111.
The Municipal District of Wood Buffalo is not accepting donations at this time.
Economic Development and Trade is co-ordinating donations from international sources and has been in contact with several foreign embassies regarding the status of their citizens in the affected areas. International citizens affected by the evacuations are encouraged to register with their home embassy.
Information for evacuees on emergency.alberta.ca


Residential Property Damage Update (May 4, 12:30 p.m.)

The following is an approximate overview of the damage sustained to date with the most accurate details we can provide at this point. (Notes in bold are new information from the updated provide at 4 a.m. today.)

Gregoire: Residences not affected
Beacon Hill: 70 per cent loss of homes
Abasand: 50 per cent loss of homes; two homes kitty-corner from hospital lost
Waterways: 90 per cent loss of homes
Draper: Damage under assessment
Saline Creek: Residences not affected
Grayling Terrace: Four houses lost; six more damaged
Downtown: One house lost
Thickwood: One house lost on Signal Road
Timberlea: 13 trailers lost on Mckinlay Crescent
Dickinsfield: Two houses lost
Wood Buffalo: Estimated 30 houses lost

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RMWB regional services conducted a damages assessment in all regions, report is as follows:
 Beacon Hill: 80% burned
 Waterways: 50% burned
 Grayling Terrance: 4 houses lost, 6 damaged
 Abasand: 90% burnt, all schools have damage
 Downtown (townsite): 2 houses damaged
 Wood Buffalo: 20-30 houses lost
 Dickensfield: 2 houses damaged
 Thickwood: one house damaged
 Timberlea: 12 trailers lost on McKinnley Cres
o Fire still moving north past the tip of Timberlea


Evacuation Update (May 4, 9:15 a.m.)

Evacuees north of Fort McMurray need to shelter in place today. Do not try to come south on Highway 63 while the wildfire is still out of control.

Evacuation Update (May 4, 6 a.m.)

The evacuation order is still in effect for all of Fort McMurray. Residents are not able to return to their homes.

Residential Property Damage Update (May 4, 4 a.m.)

The following is an approximate overview of the damage sustained to date with the most accurate details we can provide at this point:

Gregoire: Residences not affected
Beacon Hill: 80 per cent loss of homes
Abasand: Serious loss; south worse than north
Waterways: Serious Loss
Draper: Damage under assessment
Saline Creek: Residences not affected
Grayling Terrace: One house lost
Downtown: One house lost
Thickwood: One house lost on Signal Road
Timberlea: 12 trailers lost on Mckinlay Crescent
Dickensfield: Two houses lost
Wood Buffalo: Damaged, not as severe as Beacon Hill, Abasand and Waterways
Evacuation Update (May 3, 6:25 p.m.)

Residents of Gregoire are to evacuate south of Fort McMurray. Residents in any other area are to evacuate north of Fort McMurray and go to Noralta Lodge for further direction to refugee accommodation.

All lanes on Highway 63 north of TaigaNova are now running northbound. [Read Full Story]

Evacuation Update (May 3, 4:15 p.m.)

Residents of the following neighborhoods are under mandatory evacuation:

Gregoire
Beacon Hill
Abasand
Waterways
Draper
Saline Creek
Grayling Terrace
Downtown Fort McMurray
Thickwood
Wood Buffalo
Dickinsfield
Lower Townsite
Transit Update (May 3, 2:20 p.m.)

Transit Services is temporarily halting service in Abasand and Beacon Hill, until further notice.

Evacuation Update (May 3, 2:15 p.m.)

As a safety precaution, residents of Abasand, Grayling Terrace and Beacon Hill are now under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents are directed to proceed to Macdonald Island Park, where evacuee reception is set up.

The area from Real Martin Drive to Thicket Drive, south of Thickwood Boulevard, is under voluntary evacuation notice and residents should be prepared for a mandatory evacuation order within 30 minutes. [Read Full Story]

Wood Buffalo Forest Fire Update: May 3, 11 a.m.

As of 11 a.m. on May 3, the forest fire burning southwest of Fort McMurray was approximately 1.2 kilometres west of Highway 63 and Airport Road and had not crossed the Hangingstone River.

There has been significant westerly growth of the fire, but the eastern tip of the fire is in check due to overnight dozer work and ground firefighting efforts. The fire size now is approximately 2,600 hectares versus 1,285 hectares Tuesday.

Fire control north of Fort McMurray, in the TaigaNova area, has been very successful. Four municipal firefighters are conducting burn abatement in the area and checking for hot spots.
[Read Full Story]

Wood Buffalo Forest Fire Update: May 2, 10 p.m.

Wildfire fighting activity outside of Fort McMurray has stopped for the night. Tuesday saw high temperatures as crews fought wildfires north of Fort McMurray in the TaigaNova area, as well as west of Gregoire.

In the south, Centennial Trailer Park continues to be under mandatory evacuation. A shelter-in-place order has been issued for Gregoire and Prairie Creek. At the close of activity, wind was blowing south-west. Heavy machinery will work on digging firebreaks through the night.

Fire suppression north of Fort McMurray, in the TaigaNova area, has been very successful, with the majority of the blaze extinguished. [Read Full Story]

Wood Buffalo Forest Fire Update: May 2, 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Melissa Blake, Regional Emergency Services, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) provided an update and addressed questions about the forest fire events north and west of Fort McMurray at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

Residents of Prairie Creek are advised that the mandatory evacuation has been lifted and changed to voluntary shelter in place. The remainder of the residential area of Gregoire is still in voluntary shelter in place. Residents of Centennial Park remain under a mandatory evacuation.

Firefighters have continued to hold the fire approximately 1.2 kilometres west of Hwy. 63 and Airport Road; the fire has not crossed the Hangingstone River. Air quality continues to be a potential risk to residents of the Gregoire area and is subject to wind conditions. [Read Full Story]

Wood Buffalo Forest Fire Update: May 2, 11 a.m

Following a media briefing this morning, Mayor Melissa Blake, Regional Emergency Services, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) have provided an update and addressed questions about the forest fire events north and west of Fort McMurray.

Extreme fire behaviour is expected today. After that time, Emergency Management will be in a better position to determine the status of the mandatory evacuation zones.

The next media briefing will be at MacDonald Island Park today, beginning at 5:30 p.m. [Read Full Story]

Wood Buffalo Forest Fire Update: May 2, 3 a.m

As of 1 a.m. on May 2, the forest fire burning southwest of Fort McMurray was approximately 1.2 kilometres west of Hwy. 63 and Airport Road; it had not crossed the Hangingstone River. Air quality continues to be a potential risk to residents of the Gregoire area and is subject to wind conditions.

The Prairie Creek and Centennial trailer park mandatory evacuation order remains in effect. Evacuees should go to MacDonald Island Park. Due to changing fire conditions, the mandatory evacuation notice for Gregoire is reduced to a voluntary shelter in place notice for the residential area located east of Gregoire Drive/Mackenzie Boulevard and north of Mackay Crescent/Maclean Road. [Read Full Story]
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