Fort McMurray Wildfire Emergency

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Update: with your support, we were able to deliver over $100,000 worth of aid to those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire!

A massive wildfire that started on Sunday in Alberta, Canada moved through the city of Fort McMurray (430 kilometers north of Edmonton) — forcing 88,000 people to be evacuated

The Canadian province of Alberta declared a state of emergency on Wednesday afternoon in response to the disaster. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said during a news conference that this is the largest evacuation in the history of the province.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for all on Tuesday, May 3 before the blaze moved into the city. Over 1,600 structures have been destroyed across the city, most of them being homes. The blaze has burned at least 7,500 hectares (29 square miles) and continues to violently grow.

The volume of people evacuating has led to congestion on roadways. Long lines formed at gas stations as people stopped to fill up their vehicles before escaping to safety.

However, mimicking an almost apocalyptic situation, bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highways is also forcing many evacuees to abandon their vehicles as they run out of gas. Unfortunately, many evacuees are still on the road trying to reach emergency shelters or friends’ houses in Edmonton — or heading further south towards cities like Lac La Biche.