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

Jul
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2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Fire damages. Fire destroys. Fire devastates. As the wildfire that ravaged Fort McMurray has moved away from our communities, it continues to consume the Boreal forest. The size is staggering, at over 500,000 hectares, a month later it has not been extinguished.
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Nargis Sameer is a fighter. She arrived in Fort McMurray in 2009 on a one-way ticket with only $250 and dreams of being a successful hair dresser. She attained the latter with her hard work, and then lost it all when “The Beast” engulfed Stoney Creek, devouring her house. “I…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Fort McMurray – My home. Family – My dear ones, my heart, my life. Friends – My comrades, my neighborhood, my confidants, my peeps. Fire – The beast that threatened to take it all away.
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Tuesday, May 3rd started out like any other day. A computer glitch on the weekend had erased my YMM article, I was past my deadline, and we were going to print late Wednesday. I decided Monday night that I would lock myself in the house and re-write my article as…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
When my wife goes away, I sometimes forget to get Junior to bath. Two days later when she returns he will smell of all the bad things that adhere to little boys, and she’ll shake her head. Or she’ll ask me to get four things at the store and I’ll…
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