A wildfire destroys one third of the Canadian town of Slave Lake, Alberta.
Sources: News 1130
Sources: News 1130
Residents return to Fort McMurray for the first time since May 1. A couple thousand firefighters, from as far away as South Africa, continue to battle the 5,800 square kilometer (3,603 square mile) Canadian blaze that has crossed the Alberta border into Saskatchewan.
Since the fire has intermittently blocked the only route south toward Alberta's major cities, evacuees have had to go north toward oil camps and a few small settlements. The province has airlifted 4,000 people to Edmonton and Calgary as of late Thursday. Roughly 20 percent of Canada's crude oil production, around 680,000 barrels per day, is offline and is expected to increase. There are no known casualties from the fire, which today has grown to 210,000 acres (85,000 hectares), but fatalities are reported in at least one vehicle crash along the evacuation route.
The western Canadian province of Alberta declares a state of emergency as devastating wildfires, fed by unseasonably hot temperatures and dry conditions, grow to five times their initial size. The mandatory evacuation order expands to include the communities of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, and Fort McMurray First Nation, forcing thousands who had just resettled to move again.
Wildfires continue to rage throughout the western Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. [http:--abcnews.go.com-International-wireStory-wildfires-continue-rage-western-canada-32365104 (ABC News)]date=August 2019
Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated from western Canada as firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. [http:--www.startribune.com-some-progress-in-quelling-wildfires-raging-in-canada-312734511- (AP via "Star Tribune")]date=August 2019
In Canada, Chinook windstorms tear through Alberta and Saskatchewan, producing a dust storm in downtown Calgary and causing millions of dollars in damage. The windstorms fuel a grass fire that grows to two kilometres wide near Lethbridge, Alberta, before being contained, and gusts reach a maximum speed of 149 km-h. [http:--news.nationalpost.com-2011-11-28-lufthansa-flight-makes-dramatic-landing-in-149kmh-calgary-windstorm- ("National Post")] [https:--web.archive.org-web-20120101230628-http:--www.calgaryherald.com-going+unpredictable+winter+Calgary+weather-5781620-story.html ("Calgary Herald")] [https:--montrealgazette.com-news-calgary-Monitoring+system+predicted+storm+mobilized+emergency+crews-5780260-story.html ("Montreal Gazette")] [https:--web.archive.org-web-20111202004851-http:--www.medicinehatnews.com-front-page-news-battling-a-30-foot-wall-of-flame-11292011.html ("Medicine Hat News")] [http:--www.metronews.ca-calgary-local-article-1035649--wind-swept-residents-report-near-misses ("Metro News")]date=August 2019