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Unread 05-04-2016, 09:14 AM   #1
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Bush fires in Ft. McMurray, AB

Hey folks,

A significant chunk of northern Alberta, near the tar sands town of Ft. McMurray, is on fire. The entire town of Fort Mac has been evacuated.

Please pray for the folks there. Also, we're coming up on forest fire season in British Columbia and across Canada. If last summer was any indication it could be really bad.

In the Orthodox church we have a litany of prayers that's read by the deacon or priest at every service, and one of the petitions is "for seasonable weather, for abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times". Please join in that prayer - Fort Mac could sure use some healing rain right now.

Thanks!

ETA: here's a news article showing how quickly the fire is growing: http://globalnews.ca/news/2679911/fo...invading-town/
ETA2: More fires in BC http://energeticcity.ca/article/news...-past-24-hours
ETA3: A state of emergency has been declared and there's talk that the Army may be called in to help with firefighting efforts.

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Unread 05-06-2016, 07:56 PM   #2
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I only just saw this. How are the bushfires going? I come from an area not too far from where many bushfires occur so I get how bad it can get.
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Unread 05-07-2016, 01:53 AM   #3
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Very, very poorly. The fire's now at about 850 square km. No, that's not a typo. Officials are saying this has gotten so out of control that they have no hope of fighting it without rain.

Fort McMurray fire now too large, too fierce to stop without rain | National Post

There's now another massive fire burning in northern BC, too. Wildfires spark evacuation order for dozens of homes, state of emergency near Fort St. John - British Columbia - CBC News
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Unread 05-07-2016, 01:53 AM   #4
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Gosh, that's not good! I'll be sure to pray!
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Unread 05-07-2016, 09:15 AM   #5
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The fires are so bad that my girlfriend, who lives in North Dakota, is saying that the air is filled with smoke and light is obscured by its thickness... And she lives over an hour from the border.
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I've been following this. It's huge. My prayers go to the displaced
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Unread 05-07-2016, 10:38 AM   #7
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Thanks buddy. It's now up to almost 1600 sq km. Just heartbreaking devastation.

I don't live anywhere near there, thank God, and the airlines have been super helpful in helping people evacuate.

Still, they're worried the fire is going to push north into the oil mines (the oil reserves up there aren't crude, they're basically bitumen-impregnated sand, hence 'oil mines'). If that happens... I don't think I need to underscore what kind of devastation that will cause.
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