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Well. Fire season again! South part of town and surrounding areas are already evacuated, our north part of town is on stand by to bug out !
The fire is about 9 kilometers from town now.
We already had a large brush fire close to town a few weeks back when a power line was hit by a dead tree that fell on the line and started tge fire.
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Its hard to imagine why your town cant create the necessary fire guards to prevent loss of infrastructure and property, especially after they have recently had the same thing happen. All the jobs and $$$$$ at a stand still.

Where I live it is the same thing, town almost burns to the ground, everyone evacuated, then several years later the same thing happens.

I/we have been to meetings and spoke about fire mitigation on the bug killed and dying timbered slopes, yet FA happens. They upped the fines for not following their stupid fugging rules, so we started our own fire fighting groups, we have four groups now, I am part of one.

Hope it works out for you but.....the reality is guys like Trudeau get a chubb when they see fire and then connect that to a carbon tax, similar to an arsonist jerking off under his trench coat while watching the flames.

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Originally Posted by catnthehat
Well. Fire season again! South part of town and surrounding areas are already evacuated, our north part of town is on stand by to bug out !
The fire is about 9 kilometers from town now.
We already had a large brush fire close to town a few weeks back when a power line was hit by a dead tree that fell on the line and started tge fire.
Cat

I hope you and everyone there is spared this, Cat. You are in my thoughts.


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I hope Cat is alright. The fire is within 5km of Fort Mac.

From this morning:

Fort Mac Residents Out of Home, Others on Alert Amid Western Fires
May 16, 2024 | 6:16 AM

It could be next Tuesday before evacuated residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., can return home.

Almost 7,000 residents have been displaced due to a nearby wildfire while the rest of the community remains under an evacuation alert.

Overnight, the fire moved to within five kilometres of the main southern route out of the municipality and had grown to more than 200 square kilometres but is holding.

The rest here - https://vocm.com/2024/05/16/fort-mac-wildfires/


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We are all good Steve, the rain has settled in for a few days hopefully which will help.
We are on the North end of town so we're not evacuated, just on stand by.
Hopefully the evacuated residents can get back home by Tuesday.
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Good to hear you have some rain. Hope it reduces the risk enough to stand down. Wishing you all the best this season.

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Originally Posted by 673
Its hard to imagine why your town cant create the necessary fire guards to prevent loss of infrastructure and property, especially after they have recently had the same thing happen. All the jobs and $$$$$ at a stand still.

Where I live it is the same thing, town almost burns to the ground, everyone evacuated, then several years later the same thing happens.

I/we have been to meetings and spoke about fire mitigation on the bug killed and dying timbered slopes, yet FA happens. They upped the fines for not following their stupid fugging rules, so we started our own fire fighting groups, we have four groups now, I am part of one.

Hope it works out for you but.....the reality is guys like Trudeau get a chubb when they see fire and then connect that to a carbon tax, similar to an arsonist jerking off under his trench coat while watching the flames.
The last fire we had in 2016 , the fire jumped the rAthabasca River at about 1,000 meters, it jumped the Clearwater as well at bout 300 meters.
Fire has. Even know to jump the Athabasca downstream even wider that 1,000 meters.
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Yes Cat, over here the largest fire near me jumped Okanagan lk and that is probably 4-5km at that point in the lake, it was really windy that day and terrifying to have that happen. I dont live near there, but have friends that do.

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Originally Posted by catnthehat
We are all good Steve, the rain has settled in for a few days hopefully which will help.
We are on the North end of town so we're not evacuated, just on stand by.
Hopefully the evacuated residents can get back home by Tuesday.
Cat

That's good to hear. I haven't been up there in a long time. The mid 1990s when I was visiting Cold Lake.


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Yes I agree about the fire guards....would seem to be a good idea, as these fires seem to be an every year thing now. I live in Fort Nelson, BC and the entire town has been evacuated for about a week now, with no signs of everyone getting to go home for another couple weeks at least. Wife and I were staying at an RV park in Fort St John but got a call from a company with a crew fighting the fire that needed some help cooking for the crews, so we packed up and drove back to do that. May as well be useful instead of sitting around twiddling your thumbs.

Good luck to all in Fort Mac.

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Originally Posted by catnthehat
Well. Fire season again! South part of town and surrounding areas are already evacuated, our north part of town is on stand by to bug out !
The fire is about 9 kilometers from town now.
We already had a large brush fire close to town a few weeks back when a power line was hit by a dead tree that fell on the line and started tge fire.
Cat
allmy prayers going to you.

if the needs happens like few years ago while im not anymore on cgn let me know and we will find a way.

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It looks like things are looking up for the people around Fort Mac.

ALL EVACUATED FT. MAC RESIDENTS MAY RETURN HOME IMMEDIATELY, ALL REMAINING EVACUATION ALERTS, AND STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY LIFTED
Last Updated: May 18, 2024
By Press Release

Tags: Alberta, Alberta Wildfire, cold lake, evacuation, Evacuees, fire, Fort McMurray, Ft Mac, Lac La Biche, Wildfire

Evacuees from Abasand, Beacon Hill, Prairie Creek, and Grayling Terrace may now return home. The decision to lift the evacuation order was made in unified command with Alberta Wildfire and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and was made based on the following criteria:

Recent rain has reduced the intensity of the wildfire and significant progress has been made on containing the northern edge.


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Yup, been pouring rain for four days and even got some snow 45 minutes south of town!
Everybody is on their way back.
Thanks for thinking about us folks!
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Goad to read this news. Hope the remainder of the summer is great and incident free.



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Thanks Hugh!
I will be speaking with you guys shortly, trying to decide on a barrel! :>)
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