Canadian Firefighters Fight Major St Catharines Fire

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Firefighters battled for several hours heavy smoke and flames in a commercial structure located at 11 Cushman Road in the sixth largest city of Canada’s Niagara Region on Friday night into Saturday morning early hours.

CAUSE

The cause is unknown at this time.  Fire investigators were called during the incident to respond to the scene.  A preliminary determination as not been released as of this post.

RESOURCES

Pumpers 1, 2, 3, 4 ,6; Ladders 2, 4, 5. Car 3. Safety Officer. Air Units.

OPERATIONS

Incident Timer | 40 minutes

Firefighters had reported about five minutes earlier, that they were using Blitzfire (deck guns from research) on the Bravo side. There was no visible fire on the exterior and the black smoke was decreasting.  A knockdown of fire in the main area and water on the hot spots was in progress.

Fire Weather Temps:  30F but feels like 19F

However, one minute later, Command reported that the color of the smoke was changing and escaping where the cinder block meets the metal of the building structure.  Command then reported they were in defensive operations, applying water and reporting heavy smoke conditions.

Evacuations were completed for the structure north of the fire building. A heat signature was reported by fire crews on the Delta side.  On the Bravo side, there was zero visibility. Fire heading towards a fire break on Cushman Road and would eventually penetrate the cinder block and tresses on the Bravo side.  A collapse zone for firefighters was immediately established.

Incident Timer | 50 minutes

 Command reported same fire conditions and four ladders, as well as a second water supply as needed immediately.  The water supply group asked Dispatch where the two nearest hydrants were located, which were determined to be at 6 Cushman Road and on Skyway.

A short time thereafter, instead of four ladders, five were requested by Command. Fire had breached the wall on the Bravo side.  Water was on the fire at the time.

Incident Timer | 60 minutes

Visible flames were reported to Command that were burning over the door on building one (we believe to be an exposure building) on the Bravo side.   Command indicated to Dispatch, they were still in defensive operations, heavy smoke and flames and were looking for the four ladders.

Dispatch indicated they were still waiting for another person so that all four of them could be en route together.  Command asked the Safety Officer to ensure there was enough room to enable the four ladders to enter the area and immediately set-up aerial/masterstream operations.

Finally, an additional person showed up and the four ladders were now en route as they were fully manned.  However, they were still waiting for a runner for refilling of their air bottles.

Request for salt via City Yards was requested.

Incident Timer | 80 minutes

Fire appeared to be cooling on the Alpha side but the interior fire on the Delta side had crossed over and was heading past areas where fire breaks were thought to be but were not.

Fire Weather:  Humdity at 59% 

Black smoke was still being reported.  Ladder 4’s crew found a pocket of heavy fire they were working on.   A runner finally was located and en route to the fire ground.

Incident Timer | 90 minutes

Same fire conditions were reported. The gas company was having difficulties shutting off the gas and were working on securing it in the roadway.

Traffic cams were reporting a major fire that had broken out at the base of St. Catharines Skyway Bridge on Cushman Road.  Drivers were reportedly stopping ont the Skyway causing traffic delays.

Incident Timer | 110 minutes

HYDRO had arrived on-scene quickly and secured the power.  The incident timer was switched over to every 20 minutes.

They were still in defensive operations, making good progress and dumping large amounts of water on the fire building.

Firefighters were sent to REHAB and told to take a rest.

Fire had breached the roof and it was reported temps in the Delta wall had reached 103*C  or 217*F.  Car 3 had arrived on-scene.  Finally, gas was secured at the fire building. Service Truck 6  (air unit) had also arrived on-scene.

Incident Timber | 130 minutes

Firefighters were still in defensive operations, making headway and had a heavy water flow.

While a ladder company was implementing masterstream operations, they blew a hole in one of the fire building’s walls, deeming it to be too unsafe to send in firefighters inside. Everyone was ordered to stay away from that area.

Incident Timer  | 170 minutes

 The timer was switched to every 30 minutes via request from Cushman Command. Same reported fire conditions. Most of the fire was knocked down.

Incident Timer | 200 minutes

Light smoke. Operations shut down for 10 minutes. Everyone is taking a break.

Incident Timer | 230 minutes

Defensive operations. Checking for hot spots and in overhaul.  Shortly after this report by Command, fire operations had ceased.  No primary or secondary searches would be conducted.

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Update 6 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

Updated Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 2300 Hours PDT

Multiple fires were reported in the Province of Alberta on May 1, 2016, blazing a patch towards the City.  Almost 100k residents have been evacuated, along with many hundreds – if not thousands from businesses and industrial facilities.

This fire is still growing by the minute into hours and days.  Fire Managers say it is only beginning and is expected to grow by midnight up to 200k hectares or up to 494,211 acres.  This calculates to just over 772 square miles.  If you can imagine this distance, you may have a somewhat imagination at the magnitude of this fire.  The fire images and videos are so surreal and overwhelming. It’s so hard to fathom this large of a Firestorm and its mighty power.

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date & Time:    

  • 5/1/2016.
  • 1607 Hours MDT.

Cause:

  • Unknown
  • Under Investigation

Acres:

  • Expected to grow to 200,000 hectares or 494,211 acres, which equals to 772 square miles by the end of this evening.

Fire Behavior:

  •  Fire conditions remain extreme, with 4 new starts across Alberta, Saturday, 5/7/2016.
  • Expected to grow even larger.
  • A total of  34 wildfires are burning, with 5 out of control, and 23 under control.

State of Emergency:

  • 5/1/2016: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
  • 5/3/2016:  Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
  • 5/4/2016:  Provincial State of Emergency for RMWB

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FIRE RESOURCES

Across Province:

  • Firefighters:  1500.
  • Helicopters:  150.
  • Pieces of Heavy Equipment:  222.

Fort McMurray:

  • Firefighters:  500 fighting in and around Fort McMurray.
  • Canadian FF & Mutual Aid: have saved 80% of housing and infrastructure.

POLICE

  • RCMP – Wood Buffalo

PET RESCUE

  • Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • RMWB City
  • Calgary Humane Society
  • Alberta SPCA

EVACUATIONS

North Evacuees

  • Evacuated successfully by air and ground to Edmondton as a precautionary due to heavy smoke in the area.

Syncrude 

  •  Employees:  1500 employees were evacuated on 5/7/2016.
  • Operations:  facility shutdown.

Groups of Employees

  • Suncor:  All evacuated but facility may be still running.
  • Husky:  Same as Suncor.
  • Shell:  Same as Suncor.
  • CNRL:  Same as Suncor.

TRAVEL ADVISORIES

Traffic Alerts:

 BUSINESS PARTNERS

HOUSING

AirBNB:

  • Disaster Response activated.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Emergency Financial Support:

  • Albertans can call 310-4455 for information and stay up to date on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps

COUNSELING

Mental Health Support:

  • Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

Insurance Claims: 

  • Anyone who has suffered a property loss should contact their insurance provider. They may also be entitled to additional living expenses under their insurance policies.

EVACUEE RESOURCES

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

  • Government Assistance:  Assistance of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent to help meet immediate needs being provided by the Government.
  • Pre-loaded Debit Cards: This assistance will likely be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards.
  • More details:  when this assistance will be available and how to access it will be announced by May 11, 2016.  Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until this time. When details are available they will be posted on this page and available through 310-4455.

RECEPTION CENTRES

  • Fort McKay. Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche. The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton. Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St Paul . Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven. 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
  • Grasslands. Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley. Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake Reception Centre
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chippewan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band Members only
  • Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive
  • ESRD. Main Lobby.  Monday – Friday, 0815 – 1600 Hours.  Phone #780-310-3773.  Fax #780-427-4407.  Email:  ESRDInfo-centre@govab.ca

RESOURCES

EMERGENCIES

Environmental:

  •  800-222-6514.

 Report a Wildfire:  

  • 310-3473.

CLOSURES

ROADWAYS

Peace River District:

  •  Mile 80 of Alaska Highway area in the Peace River Regional District.

Hwy 63: 

  • Complete Hwy 63. Closed to the public. (as of 5/5/2016)

ALBERTA FIRE BANS

There is current a Fire ban across the whole Province of Alberta in Canada.

HOW TO HELP

HUMAN SERVICES

Red Cross Canada:

  • The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations via phone, online or through text message. Details can be found at www.redcross.ca.

ALBERTA GOVERNMENT

Volunteers:

  • The government is currently sufficiently staffed. No volunteers are needed at this time.

HASHTAGS

  • #ymmfire  
  •  #ymfire    
  • #abfire    
  • #AlbertaStrong  
  • #FortMcMurrayFire    
  • #BCWildfire
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Update 5 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date.  

  • 5/1/2016.

Cause.

  • Unknown
  • Under Investigation

Acres.  

  • 85,000 hectares or 211,811 acres.

Fire Behavior.

  •  Fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 40 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, eight being held, 21 under control, and six turned over to the responsible parties.

State of Emergency.  

  • Provincial State of Emergency declared 5/4/2016.

Structure Protection.  

  • Fire crews are treating the Birchwood Trails as a HIGH priority.  They are working to protect the area.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Resources. 

  • 1200 Firefighers
  • 110 helicopters
  • 295 pieces of heavy equipments
  • 27+ Air Tankers
  • 30 approx Calgary Firefighters
  • Unknown # of Canadian Military Forces
  • More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.

ALERTS

Active Mandatory Evacuation Alert.

  •  Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray First Nation, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates.  See the Alberta.gov’s web page for helpful information and tips. http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

Mackenzie County

  • Mackenzie County will maintain the State of Local Emergency over the weekend; for residents living in Township 109 range 19 west of 5 between Townships road 1090 and 1094 east to the Bushe River, also 17,18,19,28,29,30,31,32 Township 108 Range 18 west 5. There is no immediate danger.
  •  Residents are asked to remain on evacuation alert over the weekend. We ask that local residents only access the road at this time. This will allow easy access of emergency response vehicles as they continue to work and maintain the fire. For more information call 780 927 3718.

Clear Hills County

  • There is a wildfire in Clear Hills County north of highway 64 and east of the B.C. border. This is an evacuation preparedness alert.If you live north of Highway 64 in Cherry Point, Bear Canyon or Cleardale, in Clear Prairie or Worsley north of Highway 64 and west of range road 80 secondary highway 726 prepare to evacuate on short notice.
  • Avoid moving to higher ground. Stay away from heavily vegetated areas. Any persons having trouble breathing due to smoke should seek immediate medical assistance. Listen to local authorities for updates

Returning Home.

  • Residents of Fort McMurray should not expect to return home for an extended period of time. Public safety is our number-one priority, and residents won’t be able to return home until it is safe to do so.

Traffic Alerts.

Boil Water Alert.  

  • Alberta Health Services has issued a boil-water advisory for the area of Fort McMurray including Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Janvier, Fort McKay and nearby work camps that use water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Water Treatment Plant as a precautionary measure.

EVACUEE RESOURCES

Emergency Fuel Locations.  

Operating in safety rest areas in the following locations on Highway 63:

  • Approximately 60 kilometres south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 186)
  • Approximately 100 kilometres south of Fort McMurray at Mariana Lake (Kilometre 130)
  • Approximately 165 kilometres south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 85)
  • Alberta Transportation is operating a new emergency refueling station approximately 30 kilometres north of Fort McMurray on the southbound ramp of the Suncor Voyageur Interchange.
  • A private vendor is selling fuel north of the traffic control point at the Highway 63 Parsons Creek Interchange, just south of Supertest Hill.
  • Quantities are limited and will be restricted to motorists who need fuel to get them to the nearest fuel centre.

Reception and Reception Centres.  

10 reception centres operating within the province.

  • Fort McKay – Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche – The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton – Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St. Paul – Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven – 1 Janvier
  • Grasslands – Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley – Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake – 4612 – 54 Avenue
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor employees and evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chipewyan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band members only

 BUSINESS PARTNERS

AirBNB.  

  • Disaster Response activated.

Emergency Financial Support . 

  • Albertans can call 310-4455 for information and stay up to date on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps

Mental Health Support.  

  • Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

Insurance Claims. 

  • Anyone who has suffered a property loss should contact their insurance provider. They may also be entitled to additional living expenses under their insurance policies.

EVACUATIONS

Public Assistance.

  • Assistance of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent to help meet immediate needs being provided by the Government.
  • 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 announced by May 11, 2016.  Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until this time. When details are available they will be posted on this page and available through 310-4455.

Reception

  • Fort McKay. Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche. The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton. Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St Paul . Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven. 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
  • Grasslands. Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley. Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake Reception Centre
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chippewan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band Members only
  • Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive
  • ESRD. Main Lobby.  Monday – Friday, 0815 – 1600 Hours.  Phone #780-310-3773.  Fax #780-427-4407.  Email:  ESRDInfo-centre@govab.ca

North Evacuees.  (As of 5/6/2016 1230 MDT)

  • Ground evacuations of people north of Fort McMurray began today, and will continue during daylight hours as weather and fire conditions permit. Vehicles are permitted to travel south on Highway 63 towards Edmonton or alternative accommodations.

Red Cross Canada’s Safe and Well Registration.

  •  All evacuees (whether they’re staying at hotels, in campgrounds or with family or friends) need to register by calling the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070. This will ensure officials know how to reach you and verify you got out safely. Evacuees staying at reception centres can register reception centre staff.

THREATENED

Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates.

  •  Under Extreme threats.

Green Areas

  •  Homes near green areas due to sparks and high winds creating spot fires.

Stone Creek, Navea, North Abasand & towers.

  • Facing active fire.

RESOURCES

Environmental Emergencies.

  •  800-222-6514.

 Report a Wildfire   

  • 310-3473.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT INFO

Damaged – Minor

  • Airport facility outer buildings.  Primary infrastructure is still intact.

Damaged – Unknown Status

  • Downtown Fort McMurray has 1 structure damaged. N of Hangingstone River is left untouched.

Damaged – Significant

  • Hotel @ Fort McMurray’s Old Airport Terminal.  Extensive damage. Unknown
  • Old Airport Road.  Structures seriously damaged.
  • Saprae Creek.  30% significant damaged to homes.
  •  Prospect area.  Fire crews have stopped the fire from crossing over Confederation Way.

Destroyed

  • Fort McMurray, Lac Ste Anne and Mackenzie Counties.  1600 Homes destroyed.  No house numbers or street names available, says the Government due to not logistically possible.

CLOSURES

Alaska Highway.

  •  Mile 80 of Alaska Highway area in the Peace River Regional District.

Hwy 63.  

  • Complete Hwy 63. Closed to the public. (as of 5/5/2016)

ALBERTA FIRE BANS

 

There is current a Fire ban across the whole Province of Alberta in Canada.

MEDIA RELATIONS

Alberta Province

HOW TO HELP

Red Cross – Canada.  

  • The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations via phone, online or through text message. Details can be found at www.redcross.ca.

Volunteers

  • The government is currently sufficiently staffed. No volunteers are needed at this time.

HASHTAGS

  • #ymmfire  
  •  #ymfire    
  • #abfire    
  • #AlbertaStrong  
  • #FortMcMurrayFire    
  • #BCWildfire
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Update 4 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

FIRE SUMMARY

START DATE:  5/1/2016.

ACRES.   85,000 hectares or 210,039 acres.

PERSONNEL.  1110 Firefighters.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.  ** HIGH ** 18 new starts across Alberta on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Total of 49 Wildfires are burning.  7 are out of control. 12 being held. 23 under control.  7 turned over to responsible parties.

Courtesy:  @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

SAFE / UNTOUCHED.  Thickwood, Confederation Way neighbors, NEW airport facility and Fire Hall 5 / Prairie Creek.

NO UPDATES RECEIVED.  Abasand, Timberlea, Wood Buffalo, Waterways, Draper, Grayling Terrace and Beacon Hill.

STRUCTURE PROTECTION.  Fire crews are treating the Birchwood Trails as a HIGH priority.  They are working to protect the area.

WEATHER.  Dry and hot.  Gusting winds.

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RESOURCES

1110 Firefighters assigned to the incident along with the support of: 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 Air Tankers.

CANADIAN MILITARY FORCES.  Deployed 5/4/2016.

CALGARY FIRE.  Unknown exact numbers but one post suggested a minimum of 30 firefighters.

ALERTS / RESOURCES

STATE OF EMERGENCY.  Provincial State of Emergency declared 5/4/2016.

DISASTER RESPONSE.  AirBNB activated.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS IN PROGRESS.  Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray First Nation, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates.  See the Alberta.gov’s web page for helpful information and tips. http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

EVACUATION AND RECEPTION CENTRES.. Announced.  www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

EMERGENCY ALERTS.  Alberta Government Updates via https://twitter.com/youralberta

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE . Albertans can call 310-4455 for information and stay up to date on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps

BOIL WATER ALERT.  Alberta Health Services has issued a boil-water advisory for the area of Fort McMurray including Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Janvier, Fort McKay and nearby work camps that use water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Water Treatment Plant as a precautionary measure.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT.  Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

INSURANCE PROPERTY CLAIMS.   Anyone who has suffered a property loss should contact their insurance provider. They may also be entitled to additional living expenses under their insurance policies.

Courtesy:  @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

EVACUATIONS

MOOSE HAVEN LODGE.  All guests/staff have exited and moved to Lac La Biche.

ANZAC. GREGOIRE LAKE ESTATES.  FORT MCMURRAY FIRST NATION.  Mandatory evacuation issued as of 5/4/2016 2150 MDT.  RCMP went door-to-door notifications and to evacuate by 2300 Hours.  Buses departed at midnight.

ANZAC.  Mandatory evacuations. (5/5/2016 2145MDT)

NORTH EVACUEES.  Plan in the works to find resources for them.

RECEPTION CENTERS (EVACUATION SHELTERS).  

  • Fort McKay – Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche – The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton – Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St Paul – Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven- 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
  • Grasslands – Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley – Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake Reception Centre
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chippewan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band Members only
  • Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive

INFO CENTRE.  CANADA. Main Lobby.  Monday – Friday, 0815 – 1600 Hours.  Phone #780-310-3773.  Fax #780-427-4407.  Email:  ESRDInfo-centre@govab.ca

SAFE AND WELL REGISTRATION. All evacuees (whether they’re staying at hotels, in campgrounds or with family or friends) need to register by calling the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070. This will ensure officials know how to reach you and verify you got out safely. Evacuees staying at reception centres can register reception centre staff.

THREATENED

ANZAC.  GREGOIRE LAKE ESTATES. Extreme threats.

GREEN AREAS.  Homes near green areas due to sparks and high winds creating spot fires.

ACTIVE FIRE.  The following areas are currently facing active fire:  Stone Creek – Navea.  North Abasand and it’s road tower & cell tower under serious threat.  Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates facing active fire.

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

RESOURCES

ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES.  800-222-6514.

REPORT A WILDFIRE.  310-3473.

DAMAGE / DESTROYED

DAMAGED – Unknown extent. Hotel at Fort McMurray..  Located at Old Airport Terminal.

DESTROYED.  1600 Homes destroyed in Fort McMurray, Lac Ste Anne Co, Mackenzie County.  The Government states due to logistics, they are unable to provide house numbers or street addresses.

MINOR DAMAGE.  Airport facility outer buildings .  Primary infrastructure is still intact.

SERIOUS DAMAGE.  Old Airport Road.  Structures seriously damaged.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.  30% significant damaged to homes in the Saprae Creek area.

DAMAGED.  Downtown Fort McMurray has 1 structure damaged. N of Hangingstone River is left untouched.

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.  Prospect area.  Fire crews have stopped the fire from crossing over Confederation Way.

Courtesy:  Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

CLOSURES

ALASKA HIGHWAY.  Mile 80 of Alaska Highway area in the Peace River Regional District.

HWY 63.  Closed to the public. (as of 5/5/2016)

ALBERTA FIRE BANS

FIRE ADVISORY.  Alrdrine. Calgary, Chestermire, Crossfield, Drayton Valley, Fox Creek, Half Moon Bay, Innisfall, Jarus bay, Lethridge, Picture Butte, Sunbreaker Cove and Town of Stettler.

FIRE RESTRICTION.  City of Leduc, Crowsnest Pass, Gibbons, Peace River, Pnoka, Redwater, Slave Lake and Westlock.

FIRE BAN.  Alberta Beach, Alberta Province – statewide, Argentia Baech, Athbasa. Barrhead, Beaumont, Birchcliff, Bittern Lake, Burnstick Lake, Berwyn, Beaver Lodge. astle Island, Cochrane, Crystal Springs,  Calmar, Caroline. Devone, Ghost Lake, Golden Days, Grande Prairie,  Edberg, Edmonton, Elk Island Nationa Park, Grandview, Grimshaw, Halkirk, Haska beach,  Fairview, Feintosh, Fort Saskatechewan, Island Lake, Island Lake South, Lethbridge and Longview, Ma-Me-O Beach, Mayethorpe, Mewatha Beach, Nakamun Park, Norglenwood, Okotoks, Onoway, Parkland Beach, Poplar Bay, Rimbey, Ronchon Sands, Rocky Mountain House, Ross Haven, Southview, St Albert, Swan Hills, Silversands, South Baptiste, Sunset Point, Town of Canmore, Turner Valley, Val Quentin, Vermilion, White Sands, White Court, Wabamun, Walparous, West Baptiste, Westlock county, Whispering Hills, Yellowstone.

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

HOW TO HELP

CANADIAN RED CROSS.   Make a monetary donation and the Alberta Government will match it. @RedCrossCanada

HASHTAGS

#ymmfire    #ymfire     #abfire      #AlbertaStrong    #FortMcMurrayFire     #BCWildfire

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Update 3 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

INCIDENT SUMMARY

MWF-009 also known as #FortMcMurray Fire is located 3 miles W of Fort McMurray.

The main fire that was headed towards Fort McMurray has made it into the City now burning in several streets and commercial buildings. There is a lot of information flowing and we are working on gleaning information from various sources.

If you have friends or loved ones, please pass the information along to them.

Courtesy:  @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

PUBLIC INFORMATION

MEDIA Inquiries.  Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has temporarily suspended Media interviews.

MEDIA Inquiries.  Suncor Energy Operations in Wood Buffalo.  403-296-4000 or media@suncar.com.  Investor Relations, call 800-558-9071 or invest@suncor.com

FIRES BURNING

Airport / Saprae Creek:  Fire is heading towards the facility. It is currently at to the old Airport Road.  Crews are on scene.

Birchwood Trails:  An unknown # of fires were in this community occurred but all have been extinguished.

Blackburn Drive:  3 structure fires.

Hwy 63 :  The fire breached the intersection of Highways 63 & 69, crossing over Hwy 63 is said that it hasn’t reached Prairie Creek yet (as of 5/4/2016 1730 hours MDT or 1630 hours PDT).  Teams are making progress.

North Parsons:  New school under construction has been lost.

Tmberlea:  15 structure fires on Walnut Crescent.  No other fires active in this area.

Walnut Crescent: 15 structure fires.

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Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

FUEL LOCATIONS

40 km S of Fort McMurrary, Hwy 63.

2 km S of Stoney Mtn Junc Road at Hangingstore, Hwy 63.

Fuel tanker parked at Maintenance yard.

60 km S of Fort McMurray

25 km of Stoney Mtn Junc Rd

Fuel Tanker parked in the rest area

Courtesy:  @BoucherMItch

Courtesy: @BoucherMItch

 

RESIDENT RESOURCES

ANIMAL  – PET RESCUE

PULSE. 780-743-7000.

RCMP by Law: 780-788-4200

 

SHELTER RESOURCES

Guru Nanak Sikh Society Gurdwara. Edmonton.   Spare bedrooms, basement suites and other accommodations.  Contact:  Arundeep Singh Sanhu.  780-935-2786.

Sunday Creek Lodge Conklin.  1000 beds. 780-623-0383.

Moose Haven Lodge.  Hwy 881 @ KM 217.  Rooms, food and gas.  780-935-2372.

 

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

Courtesy: @BoucherMitch

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Residents should tune into local media for updates. Residents can call the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for wildfire information at 780-762-3636.

 

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

The following is a compiled list of damage reports that have been received by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a City of 80,000 residents.

Saprae Creek:  Fire is headed towards this area and mandatory evacuations began at 1630 Hours MDT ( 1530 PDT)   Any residents remaining in Saprae Creek must evacuate immediately to Firehall 5. If you know someone who lives there, call them and tell them to get out now.

 

 

 

TRAFFIC REPORT

Do NOT go into the City.

Hwy 63 @ Hwy 69.  Fire crossed Hwy 63 making it impassable to go SB or NB.  Closed.

Courtesy:  Alberta Canada Forestry

Courtesy: Alberta Canada Forestry

TAPPED FIRES

CanWest Propane Fire:  Firefighters extinguished the fire around 5/4/2016 1915 MDT.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

STRUCTURES SAVED

WATER TREATMENT PLANT.  Saved by aggressive fire suppression efforts.

HASHTAGS

#ymm ,  #ym  #FortMcMurryFire

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

FUTURE UPDATES

We are working to bring additional information as it comes to light.  Thank you for reading our post and following us.  We appreciate you!

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Update 2 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

INCIDENT SUMMARY

MWF-009 also known as #FortMcMurray Fire is located 3 miles W of Fort McMurray.

As of yesterday, there were 80 firefighters assigned to this unit along with 7 helicopters, 2 dozer groups and 2 air tankers.

Alberta Canada – While one fire burns nearby, another is enraged burning everything in its path.

60 Ontario Firefighters have been dispatched today to help with firefighting.

COMMUNICATIONS

Residents should tune into local media for updates. Residents can call the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for wildfire information at 780-762-3636.

 

EVACUATIONS

The evacuation order is still in effect for all of Fort McMurray. Residents are not able to return to their homes.  Some homes have been destroyed by Fire.

Alberta Emergency Alert has issued mandatory evacuations now in effect for downtown except MacDonald Island, Thickwood, Gregoire, Abasand, Grayling Terrace, Beaconhill, Waterways and Centennial Trailer Park. Evacuation information can be found athttp://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/alerts/2016/05/3709.html

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

The following is a compiled list of damage reports that have been received by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a City of 80,000 residents.

 

Gregoire. Homes not affected.

Beacon Hill.  80% loss of homes.

Abasand.  Serious loss, South is worse than the North.

Waterways.  Serious loss.

Draper. Damage under assessment.

Saline Creek.  Residences not affected.

Grayling Terrace.  1 home destroyed.

Downtown.  1 home lost.

Thickwood.  1 home lost on Signal Road.

Timberlea:  12 trailers lost on McKinlay Crescent.

Dickensfield.  2 homes lost.

Wood Buffalo. Damage not as serious as Beacon Hill, Abasand and Waterways.

(Twitter) whose sister lives in this Fort McMurrary and is having him post for her unbelievable images and posts.  (We are posting with his permission)

This is an excerpt of his sister’s loss and what others are going through as well.

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(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

FIRES IN THE PROVINCE

In the last 24 hours, there have been 12 new wildfires in the Forest Protection area of Alberta.

  • 1 is out of control
  • 2 are being held
  • 6 under control
  • 5 have been contained/extinguished.

SWF-030 Fire

This fire is considered as out of control at 446.5 hectares or just over 1103 acres.  The fire is located 45 kilometres or almost 28 miles NW of Red Earth.

There are currently 48 firefighters and 5 helicopters fighting this fire.

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(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

Since April 1, 2016, there have been 312 wildfires burning up to 9,844 acres.

Fire crews from the Agriculture & Forestry are currently fighting 7 wildfires outside of this area.

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(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

Across the Province, they have resources ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice including – 878 Firefighters, 104 helicopters, 115 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 Air Tankers.

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(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

FIRE LEVEL

The Fire Level has been increased to “Extreme”.  All burning permits are currently suspended.

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(Courtesy: @BoucherMitch)

The fire has grown outside the City now reaching its destination destroying what the residents have worked so hard to protect and grow.  Their homes, businesses, jobs, livelihoods and everything else are going up in flames.

We will work to glean information as to how you can these folks with food, shelter, donations, clothing, etc.  More details are in the works.

RESOURCES NEEDED

Hotels:   If you have rooms in or close to Fort McMurray, call 780-762-3681 ASAP.

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Photo Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

TRAFFIC REPORT

Hwy 63:   NB and Highway 881 remain closed with the exception of emergency vehicles.  SB Highway 63 and Highway 881 are open for evacuation.

HASHTAGS

#ymm ,  #ym  #FortMcMurryFireStorm2016

FUTURE UPDATES

We are working to bring additional information as it comes to light.  Thank you for reading our post and following us.  We appreciate you!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

WILDFIRES: Canadian Priority Fires for the Forest Service – June 4, 2015

There are six major priority fires that Canadian fire managers and firefighters are fighting of today.

1.  Burnt Lake Wildfire [LWF-122]

This fire is located in Alberta Canada with a Lat of 54 48 27 and a Long of 110 21 50.  Currently, they hae a Type 1 IMT in place with personnel and a helicopter.  There has been 27,460 hectares scorched.  It is listed as still being out of control.

2.  Pony Creek Wildfire [LWF-126]

This fire is located in the same location as Burnt Lake Wildfire in Alberta.  It has been deemed to be contained at this moment with a Type 1 IMT in command and an unknown number of personnel.  3,090 hectares consumed.

3.  Buffalo Head Hills Fire Complex [HWF-127]

This is the 3rd fire located in the Alberta territory of Canada.  It is stated to be out of control with 1724 hectares burned so far.   Unknown how many personnel or resources are on scene at this time.

4.  158n- DAVID Fire

This fire is located in the SK territory at a Lat/Long of 15 16 03 / 109 48 00 with this being the biggest fire of the six [6] at 39,805 hectares.  There is a 0% containment status.  Currently, there are 185 personnel, nine [9] helicopters and 11 heavy pieces of equipment working this wildfire.

5.  Red7 Wildfire

The Red7 Wildfire is located in Ontario with a Lat/Long of 51 20 27 / 94 17 54 with 1256 hectares.  It is being said that they are scaling down resources.  This fire is noted as NOT being under control.

6.  Red10 Wildfire

The Red10 Wildfire is also located in Ontario providence.  It is being held at 650 hectares and resources are being scaled down.

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