|Global News Edmonton|
A wildfire that began Sunday afternoon has grown to ferocious proportions, forcing residents of Fort McMurray to evacuate. Tuesday morning looked like a a calm start to the day with no visible smoke but the winds picked up early afternoon and it spread endangering several neighbourhoods, the hospital, and downtown.
MacDonald Island had been designated a refuge for evacuees but the latest report I saw at 7:35 pm indicated it too is now under an ordered mandatory evacuation.
**A Facebook page has been set up to help those who have been evacuated and may be headed to Edmonton and surrounding area. If you can help or if you need assistance, please see: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1616840568638530 (Fort McMurray evac relocation help group. )
The entire province of Alberta is dry due to below average snowfall over the winter and very little rain this spring. These factors combined with the above average heat contribute to an early prime wildfire season, thus much of Alberta is under a fire ban.