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
Even while 80,000 people were driving bumper to bumper out of Fort McMurray the Canadian Red Cross were mobilizing in preparation of the fallout from one of the worst wildfires in recent history. During the days leading up to the massive exodus, Jenn McManus, vice president of the Canadian Red…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
The McMurray Métis have been committed to its’ members since incorporation in 1987, and that did not change during the fires that have devastated all of Fort McMurray. The staff and board evacuated just like everyone else, but even though we were separated by geography and circumstance, we came together…
Jul
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2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Sithera and Ashley are two nerds from Fort McMurray who enjoy everything from Star Wars to anime. Ashley is the creative force behind the design that appears on the t-shirts, while Sithera is organizing their efforts to ensure you get your shirt and the Canadian Red Cross receives your donation.
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
It’s been over two months since wildfire forced the mandatory evacuation of thousands of people in and around Fort McMurray. Work to restore the city to its full operation continues, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) staff are playing a huge role, as they continue to provide residents with health care…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
There was no hesitation. When wildfires forced Fort McMurray’s mandatory evacuation on May 3rd, many students were left with their principals and teachers who went above and beyond to reunite them with families – some taking days. With many areas of the city engulfed in smoke, and rapidly approaching fire,…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Teaching outside the box—no, not the catchphrase, I’m being a lot more literal here—I mean outside that little box called the classroom. Now distance learning is not a new concept. It’s been around almost as long as I’ve been in the profession, it’s just this is not the kind of…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
There is a scene in the 1956 Hollywood blockbuster “The Ten Commandments” that is virtually unforgettable. As the Israelites flee the tyranny of the Egyptians, they take with them not only their children and possessions, but a variety of animals of every species. With goats and oxen and sheep, they…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
What are you passionate about? Have you asked yourself lately? For a lucky few, they’ve found their passion and if they’re even luckier, they’re able to pursue that passion every day of their life. For Randy and Carol MacKenzie, their passion is animals and that passion has manifested into a…
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