How It All Unfolded: The Story

When you evacuate almost 90,000 people from a community, there’s a story behind each of them.

We have gathered a timeline of events, walking through the days before and after the evacuation. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Greg Halinda has shared a photo essay to tell the story when there are no words left. There are stories from those who stepped up when we needed them the most, and stories from those who had to flee. We have stories from heroes, and stories thanking them.

These are the stories that make #FortMcMurrayStrong

The Story

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WILDFIRE
The following is a timeline chronicling the events leading up to the wildfire, the evacuation, and the recovery process. It highlights many key moments, and will serve as a reminder of all our community has gone through.
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WILDFIRE
The afternoon of Sunday, May 1st, we saw an alarming smoke plume to the West of our downtown house. At 9 p.m. we filled up our cars with gas and gathered items, just in case. Monday, May 2 I scouted around the southern neighbourhoods taking photos. All I could see…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Just like 80,000 other people in Fort McMurray, our world was flipped upside down on May 3. This is our story, starting from Sunday when the fire first started to when we finally returned on-air in Fort McMurray on May 30. Some of our staff fled the flames South on…
Jul
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2016
2016
WILDFIRE
When the evacuation order sounded for Fort McMurray as ‘The Beast’ further reached into our lives with its destructive force, everyone joined the ranks of one great big family. Even the oil sands industry stepped up to become an integral part of that family. As companies opened their doors to…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
As I began to write this article, I was en route to Fort McMurray for the first time since the evacuation. As I process through everything we’ve seen weeks past, I remember more good than bad. More encouraging than discouraging. More uplifting than heartbreaking. Even as some lost everything they…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
I was born and raised in Fort McMurray and have heard all the rumours and stereotypes out there. I have been able to provide truths and facts to help quell any of the misunderstandings to those who have never visited my beautiful hometown or to those who never gave it…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
On May 3rd at 3pm, the team at Noralta Lodge gathered around their televisions to watch the updates on the evolving Fort McMurray Fire. A mandatory evacuation order had been issued for two Fort McMurray neighbourhoods, and by 6:20 p.m. that order would apply to the entire city. For half…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
I remember hearing Ronda Rousey say “There is no history of anything happening, until it does.  And then there is.”  Stories of victory need conflict.  Tales of courage and strength require battles to happen.  It seems so easy to say these things, but who really wants to experience the conflict,…
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