Fort McMurray Wildfire Expected to Keep Growing: Officials
Posted by feww on May 6, 2016
UPDATED: 09:30UTC Fri May 6, 2016
“Fire conditions remain extreme, with 18 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 49 wildfires are burning, with seven considered out of control, 12 being held, 23 under control, and seven turned over to the responsible parties,” said Alberta Government.
Damage to Fort McMurray “Extensive,” the City “Unsafe” for Residents: Alberta Premier
The explosive blaze, which erupted on Sunday, had grown to about 90,000 hectares by Thursday.
- State of Emergency continues across in the disaster area across Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.
- Mandatory Mass Evacuations of about 88,000 residents are nearly completed.
- The residents will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials have warned.
- The fire has destroyed thousands of structures in the city.
- “The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Thursday evening.
- The flames are spreading to the communities of Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates and posing “extreme threat” to the areas south and southeast of Fort McMurray, as of Thursday evening (local time).
Fort McMurray Wildfire creating its own weather, lightning
“The wildfire threatening to engulf the city has become so powerful it has created its own firestorm,” reported CBC.
The powerful firestorm has created its own weather system, funneling smoke and particulates high into the stratosphere, and generating powerful lightning strikes, sad the report.
“They tend to promote their own kind of conditions,” said a meteorologist for Environment Canada.
“That’s why you’ll see the winds near fires … that are significantly stronger that the surrounding atmosphere.”
FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the direct damage costs from the fire at $5 billion, based on the data available, as of posting. [Total damage costs could easily exceed $10 billion.]
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