Most of you will know by now that wildfire swept through Fort McMurray, Alberta yesterday, forcing the evacuation of the entire city. Many people escaped just in time and with only the clothes on their backs.
The fires within the city have been put out for now, but the wildfire still looms threateningly nearby. Some 1600 structures have been lost to the fire; entire neighbourhoods are gone.
I know I speak for many when I say that we grieve for you, Fort McMurray.
The Maritimes has always had strong ties to Alberta, and Fort Mac in particular. Every Maritimer has a family member or friend working in the area. We keep you in our thoughts; we pray for a speedy and safe resolution to this nightmare you find yourselves unable to wake up from.
If you would like to help, you can donate to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal here or by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 30333.
If you are still trying to locate family or friends in the area, you can contact the Red Cross, or Facebook has activated its safety check feature.