Fires around the world

casper

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control after city evacuated
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-remains-out-of-control-after-city-evacuated-1.3563977
https://youtu.be/Y31oBGvvZzc

The Fires of Climate Change are Burning the Himalayas
https://robertscribbler.com/2016/05/03/the-fires-of-climate-change-are-burning-the-himalayas/

Western Canada wildfires: This year could be worse than last, say experts
http://globalnews.ca/news/2675281/western-canada-wildfires-this-year-could-be-worse-than-last-say-experts/

Residents Evacuated as Fires Threaten Canada Oil Sands Town
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/wildfires-chaos-canada-town-38856012
 

Richs

Dagobah Resident
The entire city is mostly burning and 60 thousand residents forced to flee for their lives.
From National Post: "‘Huge parts of my hometown…may burn’: Residents flee Fort McMurray in flames"

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/huge-parts-may-burn-tonight-and-more-of-it-may-burn-tomorrow-albertans-flee-a-city-in-flames

There are a couple of videos showing how horrible it was and the fires are still burning and expected to devour nearly the entire city.
 

loreta

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Richard S said:
The entire city is mostly burning and 60 thousand residents forced to flee for their lives.
From National Post: "‘Huge parts of my hometown…may burn’: Residents flee Fort McMurray in flames"

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/huge-parts-may-burn-tonight-and-more-of-it-may-burn-tomorrow-albertans-flee-a-city-in-flames

There are a couple of videos showing how horrible it was and the fires are still burning and expected to devour nearly the entire city.
This is an incredible fire, really. I am very sad for the people and the forest. All the houses risk to be burn, beautiful houses where people have put so much money and energy, dreams, projects. can it be a meteoroid that fall on the forest? they try to insinuated that the heat weather is the cause of this fire, I doubt it.

We never know when a tragic situation will happen, best to prepare ourselves with a backpack with important documentation and things. And be ready, try to visualise if we have to leave the house in 2 minutes how it will happen. specially if you have kids, or dogs and cats or live with a handicapped person.
 

Alana

SuperModerator
Moderator
FOTCM Member
There was another thread started by Casper this morning on the subject, so I merged them.

This video was posted about 6 hours ago and it shows the fires in relation to the city from a helicopter view:


Another video from a car camera of people fleeing the city:


Poor people. They had the entire population evacuate.
 

Christine

Jedi Council Member
Fire in Fort McMurray Municipality Anzac evacuated mobilized buses


http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/alberta/2016/05/04/001-alberta-feu-foret-incendie-fire-petrole-dommages-maisons.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
 

sToRmR1dR

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
45 wildfires raging on overall area of 5,900 hectares across Russia

http://tass.ru/en/society/874013

The biggest wildfires are reported in the Far Eastern Amur regions (3,900 hectares) and in the Siberian republic of Buryatia (1,400 hectares)

MOSCOW, May 5. /TASS/. As many as 45 wildfires on an overall area of 5,900 hectares are reported across Russia, with the wildfire season starting in 77 Russian regions, the press service of the Federal Forest Protection Service said on Thursday.

The biggest wildfires are reported in the Far Eastern Amur regions (3,900 hectares) and in the Siberian republic of Buryatia (1,400 hectares).

Wildfires are also reported in the Transbaikal and Krasnoyarsk Territories, in the republic of Tuva, in the Tomsk, Sverdlovsk, and Vologda regions.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
sToRmR1dR said:
45 wildfires raging on overall area of 5,900 hectares across Russia

http://tass.ru/en/society/874013

The biggest wildfires are reported in the Far Eastern Amur regions (3,900 hectares) and in the Siberian republic of Buryatia (1,400 hectares)

MOSCOW, May 5. /TASS/. As many as 45 wildfires on an overall area of 5,900 hectares are reported across Russia, with the wildfire season starting in 77 Russian regions, the press service of the Federal Forest Protection Service said on Thursday.

The biggest wildfires are reported in the Far Eastern Amur regions (3,900 hectares) and in the Siberian republic of Buryatia (1,400 hectares).

Wildfires are also reported in the Transbaikal and Krasnoyarsk Territories, in the republic of Tuva, in the Tomsk, Sverdlovsk, and Vologda regions.
Even as Russia is dealing with it's own wildfires, they have extended a helping hand to Canada, if they need the extra help.

Canada to Review Russia’s Offer to Assist With Alberta Wildfire
http://sputniknews.com/environment/20160507/1039220543/canada-alberta-wildfire-russian-help.html

Ottawa will review Russia’s offer to assist Canada in dealing with the Alberta wildfire, Public Safety Canada spokesperson Mylene Croteau told RIA Novosti on Friday.

“We can confirm that we have received a letter from the Russian Federation offering their assistance,” Croteau said. “We will review the offer received from the Russian Federation and will respond to them in due course.”

On Thursday, Russian Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Vladimir Puchkov said that Moscow was ready to send firefighting aircraft to Canada to help deal with the Alberta wildfire.

The spokesman noted that the Canadian government has a mechanism in place for mutual firefighting support with other nations, including some specific agreements.

“Canada does not have a formal arrangement with Russia for this purpose,” Croteau added. “This international assistance is managed by the Government Operations Centre in partnership with a number of Departments and Agencies, and working with Provinces and Territories that need the assistance.”

A wildfire near Fort McMurray, a city located in Canada's oil-rich western province of Alberta, was discovered late on Sunday before spreading into the city on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Alberta declared a state of emergency as the number of evacuees surpassed 80,000. At least 1,600 buildings have been affected by the fire.

According to the authorities, over 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters and 138 pieces of heavy equipment are fighting the fires.

The latest media reports suggest that the fires in the province have spread over an area of 328.2 square miles.


An interesting article on the possible causes of the fire.
Fort McMurray Wildfire – Climate or Incompetence?
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/06/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-climate-or-incompetence/
 

Oxajil

Ambassador
Ambassador
FOTCM Member
The current wildfire in Fort McMurray is much bigger and more destructive than the wildfires from last year (near the end of May) that took place in Wabasca, not too far away from McMurray. 5,000 to 7,000 people were evacuated then, and around 30,000 hectares were burned. Compare that to the current fire spreading to 85,000 hectares with pretty much everyone from the city evacuated (more than 90,000)!
 

Gawan

Ambassador
Ambassador
FOTCM Member
As to what I read it is planned to fly out about 25.000 people out of the danger zone because people fled in a certain direction and got endangered again by fire. And it is planned evacuating the entire city of about 100.000 people.
 

Keit

Ambassador
Ambassador
FOTCM Member
Here's an example of people in need still helping with whatever they can. :love:

Syrian refugees in Calgary help Fort McMurray evacuees

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/syrian-refugees-in-calgary-help-fort-mcmurray-evacuees-1.2890294

They’ve only been in Canada for a few months, and have little money or possessions, but a group of Syrian refugees in Calgary has launched a donation drive to help support displaced residents of Fort McMurray.

At least 30 Syrian families have donated $5 to $20 to the drive, which will help purchase toiletries, pillows and other household items for Fort McMurray residents devastated by the wildfire.

In one case, a five-year-old Syrian boy donated two of his toys and some storybooks to help those in need.

“They can completely relate -- this is what happened to them. They lost everything,” said Saima Jamal, co-founder of the Calgary-based Syrian Refugee Support Group.

“Of all the Canadians here now, these people are most attuned to what it means to lose all your stuff, your house, your memories, even your loved ones. They have lost their entire country.”

The idea came from Rita Khanchat, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Calgary with her husband and son last December. After hearing about the massive wildfire that has displaced nearly 90,000 Albertans, Khanchat wrote a message in Arabic on the private Facebook page for the Syrian Refugee Support Group.

“Canadians have provided us with everything and now we have a duty,” she wrote. “We must … help the people who lost their homes and everything in a fire (in) Oil City … Get ready, it's time to fulfill.”

The call to action quickly gained traction as Syrians across Calgary offered to help. A group of volunteers drove across the city to gather whatever spare money the Syrian families could offer.

Some refugees even offered extra couches and coffee tables they received after arriving in Canada, but volunteers advised that it was OK to keep their furniture.

In total, the drive is expected to bring in $500 to $1,000.

“I can’t stress to you how little these people have. They can barely speak any English. They’re still getting accustomed to their new surroundings,” Jamal said. “This, to them, is a lot.”

Using those donations, the group has purchased toiletries and everyday essentials, such as toothpaste, pillows and diapers. The items will be delivered to a group called 99 Hampers of Hope, which provided aid for the Syrian refugees when they first arrived in Canada.

For Jamal, seeing the Syrian community band together to help out their fellow Canadians has been inspirational.

“It made me so proud,” she said. “It made me feel like we accepted the right people into this country. We made true Canadians out of them. The feeling is … I’m so happy I can’t express it.”
 

sToRmR1dR

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Keit said:
Here's an example of people in need still helping with whatever they can. :love:

Syrian refugees in Calgary help Fort McMurray evacuees

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/syrian-refugees-in-calgary-help-fort-mcmurray-evacuees-1.2890294

They’ve only been in Canada for a few months, and have little money or possessions, but a group of Syrian refugees in Calgary has launched a donation drive to help support displaced residents of Fort McMurray.

At least 30 Syrian families have donated $5 to $20 to the drive, which will help purchase toiletries, pillows and other household items for Fort McMurray residents devastated by the wildfire.

In one case, a five-year-old Syrian boy donated two of his toys and some storybooks to help those in need.

“They can completely relate -- this is what happened to them. They lost everything,” said Saima Jamal, co-founder of the Calgary-based Syrian Refugee Support Group.

“Of all the Canadians here now, these people are most attuned to what it means to lose all your stuff, your house, your memories, even your loved ones. They have lost their entire country.”

The idea came from Rita Khanchat, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Calgary with her husband and son last December. After hearing about the massive wildfire that has displaced nearly 90,000 Albertans, Khanchat wrote a message in Arabic on the private Facebook page for the Syrian Refugee Support Group.

“Canadians have provided us with everything and now we have a duty,” she wrote. “We must … help the people who lost their homes and everything in a fire (in) Oil City … Get ready, it's time to fulfill.”

The call to action quickly gained traction as Syrians across Calgary offered to help. A group of volunteers drove across the city to gather whatever spare money the Syrian families could offer.

Some refugees even offered extra couches and coffee tables they received after arriving in Canada, but volunteers advised that it was OK to keep their furniture.

In total, the drive is expected to bring in $500 to $1,000.

“I can’t stress to you how little these people have. They can barely speak any English. They’re still getting accustomed to their new surroundings,” Jamal said. “This, to them, is a lot.”

Using those donations, the group has purchased toiletries and everyday essentials, such as toothpaste, pillows and diapers. The items will be delivered to a group called 99 Hampers of Hope, which provided aid for the Syrian refugees when they first arrived in Canada.

For Jamal, seeing the Syrian community band together to help out their fellow Canadians has been inspirational.

“It made me so proud,” she said. “It made me feel like we accepted the right people into this country. We made true Canadians out of them. The feeling is … I’m so happy I can’t express it.”

Amazing!

Thanks for sharing Keit! :)
 
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