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Offline CelticTomboy

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Devastating Wild Fire in Alberta
« on: May 22, 2011, 12:57:03 AM »
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to bring forward some news from my neck of the woods, here in Canada. Last week, a devastating forest fire ripped through the small town of Slave Lake, Alberta, leaving at least one third of the small town in ruins. As someone who has spent almost her entire life in southern Alberta, I had the pleasure of living in Slave Lake for almost 5 years and have gotten to know some of the families who lost everything. One of my co-worker's father's an RCMP officer, and her brother is a fire fighter that is there right now, battling this disaster.

I pray for all of those who have lost everything and hope that those who are there to help remain safe and sound.

If you want more information, you can find a news release on the fire here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/slave-lake-reeling-after-alberta-fires-cause-devastating-destruction/article2023343/


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Re: Devastating Wild Fire in Alberta
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011, 07:42:16 PM »
I hope you're okay, Chrysteene.

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Re: Devastating Wild Fire in Alberta
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2011, 08:42:45 PM »
I've been watching the news on this, and I'm so sorry you're so close to the devastation.  : (

My thoughts are with you.

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Re: Devastating Wild Fire in Alberta
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 07:08:20 PM »
Fire everywhere.... I'm updating this thread to bring news that my beautiful province has once again been hit by wildfires. This time they hit the small southern Alberta towns of Lethbridge and Coalhurst and both were evacuated to Picture Butte, AB (it is just north of Lethbridge) due to the blaze.

On another note, the Okotoks grain tower, which is about fifteen minutes from my home (also in Okotoks) burned to the ground yesterday night. At this time no one is sure if it is due to natural causes or what not, but smoke is still wafting around a bit where I am.

 On the other end of the province, in July of this year, a series of wildfires ripped through northern Alberta, effectively blanketing the entire city of Edmonton in a thick haze of smoke.

Thankfully those who were evacuated due to the wildfires are now home and safe. As far as I know there were no deaths, and I keep those who lost their homes/property in the fires in my heart.

If you'd like to learn more about the wildfires, you can visit the following links:
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/09/11/wildfires-force-evacuations-of-alta-towns
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Haze+from+northern+Alberta+wildfires+blanketing+Edmonton/6930265/story.html
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Re: Devastating Wild Fire in Alberta
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 08:35:43 PM »
My goodness. My parents just returned two weeks ago from a month-long excursion to Alberta and BC, including, if I'm not mistaken, Lethbridge.

I'm in Ontario - not sure why this hasn't made the news!