[86], Statistics Canada suspended enumeration activities for the 2016 Census in the Fort McMurray area on May 5. [94] This continued into June at a rate of 700,000 barrels per day. First responders arrived 45 minutes later. [46] The brush fire was determined to have been accidentally caused by sparks coming from a welder. By May 17, the fire appeared to reach the Noralta Lodge, a few kilometres east of Blacksands. As of May 9[update], $54 million has been donated to the Red Cross, not including matching government contributions. [30][31] The mandatory evacuation order was reinstated and expanded to 12 neighbourhoods on May 3 at 5:00 p.m. (23:00 UTC),[32] and to the entirety of Fort McMurray by 6:49 p.m. (00:49 UTC May 4). [45] The brush fire quickly grew to 5 acres (0.020 km2), but within a couple of hours, the fire was contained and further growth was stopped. [21] A natural El Niño cycle also led to a dry fall and winter season along with a warm spring, leaving a paltry snowpack, which melted quickly. [22][23][24][25], Climate change was also cited as a potential contributor to the start and spread of the fire. [25] A further order covering the nearby communities of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, and Fort McMurray First Nation was issued at 9:50 p.m. on May 4 (03:50 UTC May 5). [26] Canada's politicians and scientists both cautioned that individual fires cannot specifically be linked to climate change, but agree that it is part of a general trend of more intense wildfires. [44][45] However, as the fire continued to spread, evacuation orders were issued for some homes along Palomino Valley Road and Oak Valley Middle School, with the students from Oak Valley Middle School being relocated by bus to Westview High School. [5], In June, the United States Forest Service estimated that over 26 million trees had died across 760,000 acres (310,000 ha) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Some of the towns most impacted were Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, both near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. [61] On May 5, four CL-415 water bombers from Quebec's Service aérien gouvernemental (fr) took off from the province to aid in the firefighting effort. [64], South Africa sent 301 firefighters at the request of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre at the end of May. [74][75] The Governor General, David Johnston, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, met with first responders and visited the ruins of the Beacon Hill neighbourhood of Fort McMurray on June 24, 2016. [11][50] The fire continued to grow, from 285,000 hectares (700,000 acres) on May 16 to 504,443 hectares (1,246,510 acres) on May 21 and even spread across 741 hectares (1,830 acres) in Saskatchewan. [97] A further estimate based on current damage estimated insurance payouts reaching as high as $4.7 billion. [36] The boil water advisory was lifted in all areas of Fort McMurray on August 17, 2016. Shell Canada shut down output at its Albian Sands mining operation, located approximately 70 km (43 mi) north of Fort McMurray. [89][90] These neighbourhoods also do not have water service due to damages to the water system. [71] Later, Edmonton's Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC), along with the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Residential Landlord Association, and Yardi Canada Ltd., announced a partnership to create a registry of rental properties for Fort McMurray evacuees. [92] On May 16, all 665 rooms at Blacksands Executive Lodge, a work camp, burned in the wildfire. [33] It has been reported that 88,000 people were successfully evacuated, with no reported fatalities or injuries,[12] but two people, Aaron Hodgson and Emily Ryan, were killed in a vehicular collision during the evacuation, one of whom was the daughter of a firefighter. While Premier Rachel Notley contended that wildfires were paid by emergency funds that would not be limited to combat a wildfire, local air tanker companies argued that the cuts created a personnel issue, and would make it more difficult to keep staff on duty during the wildfire season. Cuts were also made to fire preparation budgets, which funded activities such as creating fire breaks, but it is not certain that those activities would have been beneficial against a wildfire powerful enough to traverse the Athabasca River. The fire continued to spread across northern Alberta and into Saskatchewan,[15] consuming forested areas and impacting Athabasca oil sands operations. Satellite images of the fire at day (May 3, 2016) overnight (May 5, 2016), and its smoke impacts across North America. [61] Alberta also requested assistance from the Government of Ontario, and Ontario committed to sending 100 firefighters and 19 supervisory staff, coordinated through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. [59][60] The government and the Department of National Defence signed a memorandum of understanding on May 4, detailing required assistance and use of helicopters for rescue operations. [86], The wildfire halted oil sands production at facilities north of Fort McMurray. [68] On May 4, the provincial government committed to match donations made to the Canadian Red Cross, as well as to donate an additional $2 million as seed money;[69] the federal government pledged to match all donations to the Canadian Red Cross the next day,[16] with a deadline set to May 31. Firefighters worked through May 6 and 7 to hold the line and protect the downtown and remaining homes in Fort McMurray. Shell also provided its landing strip to fly employees and their families to Calgary or Edmonton and provided two teams to support firefighting efforts in the area. Debate occurred as to whether it was "insensitive" to discuss it during the crisis, or whether the crisis made it "more important" to talk about a correlation between human-influenced climate change and wildfires. In 2016, a total of 7,349 fires had burned an area 669,534 acres (2,709.51 km ) in California, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires, also known as the Gatlinburg wildfires, were a complex of wildfires which began in late November 2016. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley vowed to address the issue and ensure that the firefighters were paid a minimum of C$11.20 per hour as required by the province's labour laws, rather than the C$15 per day allowance specified in their contract with their South African employer. [96] Oil companies restored production and anticipated all financial impacts would wear off by the end of the third fiscal quarter. This page was last edited on 19 October 2020, at 15:19. Wildfires 2016 videos and latest news articles; GlobalNews.ca your source for the latest news on Wildfires 2016 . [27], As the fire spread towards settlements in Fort McMurray, a local state of emergency was declared on May 1 at 9:57 p.m. MDT (03:57 UTC May 2) with the Centennial Trailer Park and the neighbourhoods of Prairie Creek and Gregoire under a mandatory evacuation. [5][97] The 2011 Slave Lake Wildfire, which destroyed one-third of the town of Slave Lake, cost approximately $750 million and was the most expensive fire-related disaster in Canadian history. [38][39] The fire also forced the re-location of the Regional Emergency Operations Centre, which was originally in the vicinity of the airport. On May 3, the temperature climbed to 32.8 °C (91 °F), accompa… [77][78], The federal government was criticized after international assistance from Australia, Israel, Mexico, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Taiwan, and the United States was offered in battling the fire, and turned down by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 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