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DISASTERS: FIRE :

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TOURISM AND TRAVEL:

Convoys Inch South to Safety From Fire-Ravaged Fort McMurray

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Convoys Inch South to Safety From Fire-Ravaged Fort McMurray

By IAN AUSTEN

MAY 6, 2016

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/world/
americas/fire-fort-mcmurray-alberta-canada.html

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EDMONTON, Alberta  Convoys of cars and trucks began making their way gingerly through the wildfire-ravaged community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Friday, headed south to safety, past the charred ruins of neighborhoods and businesses, after being stranded for days north of town on the areas only highway.

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Bracketed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruisers and preceded by a military helicopter searching for flare-ups near their route, the first convoy got rolling shortly after dawn.

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Ultimately, officials hope to clear thousands of evacuees and their vehicles from the area, which has been cut off repeatedly when flames blocked Highway 63, the only road link to the rest of Canada. Depending on weather conditions and the course of the fire, it may take four days to complete the convoying, municipal officials said.

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Officials said no one would be allowed to deviate from the convoy route to check on homes or property. The city of Fort McMurray is not safe to return to, and this will be true for a significant period of time, Rachel Notley, the premier of Alberta, said at a midday news conference in Edmonton. So the town site is going to be secured and protected by the R.C.M.P.

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When Fort McMurray was swiftly overtaken by a wildfire on Tuesday and the city was ordered evacuated, most of its 90,000 residents escaped south on Highway 63, and the road rapidly became choked with traffic. About 25,000 people headed north instead, to take refuge in the large work camps used to house transient workers at oil sands projects. Some camps that had been mothballed after the recent slump in oil prices were reopened as shelters.

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The camps, too, were cut off when the flames closed the highway, and they soon ran low on food and supplies. Officials tried to resupply the camps using a military transport plane, but on Thursday evening, Ms. Notley said that effort was no longer sustainable.
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In Photos: Canada’s Devastating Fort McMurray Wildfires

May 6, 20161:01 PM ET

DANA FARRINGTON and EMILY BOGLE

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Firefighters are still battling massive wildfires that forced mass evacuations of some 80,000 people earlier this week in Alberta, Canada.

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Canadian police are escorting a convoy of evacuees through the wreckage, CBC News reports, out of the oil sands camps where they had been staying since Tuesday. As many as 8,000 people have been airlifted to safety, reporter Dan Karpenchuk tells our Newscast unit.

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People needed to be taken out of the camps because of limited food and fuel, he says.

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“[Royal Canadian Mounted Police] cruisers will escort groups of 50 vehicles at a time,” the CBC says. “Helicopters will watch from overhead. All intersections along the route will be controlled and blocked by police, to ensure no vehicles try to slip away from the convoy.”

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Fort McMurray fire spreads, thousands airlifted

Canadian authorities evacuate at least 8,000 more from work camps north of oil city as inferno grows to 850sq km.

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May 4, 2016

Fort McMurray Wildfire in Alberta Canada Deemed Extreme

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The Fort McMurray wildfire hazard has been deemed “extreme” by the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website.  This wildfire in the Fort McMurray area of Alberta remains out of control and has burned approximately 7,686 hectares (almost 19,000 acres) in a heavily populated area.  There is a critical alert in place with all of Fort McMurray now evacuated.  Alberta Emergency Alert has issued mandatory evacuation for the City of Fort McMurray. Evacuation information can be found at

http://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/alerts/2016/05

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (around and including Fort McMurray) site reported the following as an approximate overview of the damage sustained to date (May 04, 2016):

Gregoire: Residences not affected
Beacon Hill: 80 per cent loss of homes
Abasand: Serious loss; south worse than north
Waterways: Serious Loss
Draper: Damage under assessment
Saline Creek: Residences not affected
Grayling Terrace: One house lost
Downtown: One house lost
Thickwood: One house lost on Signal Road
Timberlea: 12 trailers lost on Mckinlay Crescent
Dickensfield: Two houses lost

Wood Buffalo: Damaged, not as severe as Beacon Hill, Abasand and Waterways
There are firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment working on the wildfire and more resources are on their way however high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds continue to fuel the fire.  The image shows the area almost completely obliterated by the clouds of smoke rising from the fire.  The smoke released by any type of fire (forest, brush, crop, structure, tires, waste or wood burning) is a mixture of particles and chemicals produced by incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials. All smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulate matter (PM or soot). Smoke can contain many different chemicals, including aldehydes, acid gases, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene, toluene, styrene, metals and dioxins. The type and amount of particles and chemicals in smoke varies depending on what is burning, how much oxygen is available, and the burn temperature.  Exposure to high levels of smoke should be avoided. Individuals are advised to limit their physical exertion if exposure to high levels of smoke cannot be avoided. Individuals with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions (e.g., asthma), fetuses, infants, young children, and the elderly may be more vulnerable to the health effects of smoke exposure.

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on May 03, 2016. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner with information from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo site, and the Alberta Wildfire Info official facebook page.

Last Updated: May 4, 2016
Editor: Lynn Jenner
Tags:  Aqua Satellite, Earth, Fire and Smoke, Hazards
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May 5, 2016

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Satellite Sees Massive Alberta Wildfire Day and Night

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite (S-NPP) carries an instrument so sensitive to low light levels that it can detect wildfires in the middle of the night as well as during the daytime.

On May 5, 2016 at 0956 UTC (5:56 a.m. EDT), the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi-NPP acquired a night-time image of the Fort McMurray wildfire by using its day-night band to sense the fire in the visible portion of the spectrum. In the image, the brightest parts of the fire appear white while smoke appears light gray.

Suomi NPP NCC image of Ft. McMurray fire

This night-time infrared view of the Fort McMurray Wildfire in Alberta Canada was captured by the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite on May 5, 2016 at 0956 UTC (5:56 a.m. EDT).
Credits: UWM/SSEC/CIMSS, William Straka III
NPP’s VIIRS instrument captured a look at the fire and the smoke generated by the fire during the daytime on May 4, 2016 at 20:05 UTC 4:05 p.m. EDT. In the image the hotspots indicate the location of the fires. The smoke was blown south-southeast of the fires in Fort McMurray.

Fort McMurray wildfire in the province of Alberta, Canada has now forced more than 88,000 people to flee the city of Fort McMurray as it spread overnight. More than 1,600 homes and buildings have been destroyed by the blaze and more than 18,500 acres have already been scorched.

According to the Alberta Department of Agriculture and Forestry (ADAF) on May 5, the following communities are under an evacuation order:  Fort McMurray and Mackenzie County: Rural residents south of High Level. On May 5, 10:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. MDT local time) ADAF reported that North Abasand is now on fire. The radio/cell tower is under threat. Significant damage sustained to Prospect area. Fire crews prevented it from crossing Confederation Way. Serious damage was reported to the Old Airport Road structures. New airport facility not damaged. Fire Hall 5 has no significant damage. No reported new damage Downtown or in Thickwood, and the status of Saprae Creek and Anzac is unknown. For more details, visit the ADAF page:

http://wildfire.alberta.ca/.

Suomi NPP image of Ft. McMurray fire

This daytime view of the Fort McMurray Wildfire in Alberta Canada was captured by the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite on May 4, 2016 at 20:05 UTC 4:05 p.m. EDT. Hotspots, indicating fires are outlined in red.

Credits: NASA MODIS Rapid Response, Jeff Schmaltz

The entire province of Alberta was under a state of emergency early on May 5, 2016 as crews battled flames headed towards more houses. The high winds in the area have only exacerbated the spread of the fire which is currently moving southward. For an audio briefing from Alberta’s Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) on May 4 at 6 p.m. MDT, visit:

https://youtu.be/gW9S_boSyNg. For updates from RMWB

visit:

http://asset.rmwb.ca/wildfire/

The Government of Alberta declared the following states of emergency: Provincial State of Emergency on May 4; Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation on May 3; and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on May 1. Agreements have been signed with the Canadian Forces to assist with air support and transportation as needed. For emergency information:

http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

The track of the fire split the area in two forcing 10,000 residents to move northward and 70,000 southward causing massive traffic delays.  The skies have turned blood-red from the smoke particles in the air which filter out colors other than red, pink and orange. Ash from the fire continues to rain down on the cars as they slowly make their way out of the area.  The evacuation is the largest in Alberta’s history.

The Government of Alberta supports smoke forecasts from wildland fires using the BlueSky Canada system. The on-line animation shows forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of smoke particles (PM 2.5) from wildfires up to 48 hours into the future. For a Canada Smoke Forecast from Canada’s fire page, visit:

http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC18CA12/current/

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite is the first satellite mission to address the challenge of acquiring a wide range of land, ocean, and atmospheric measurements for Earth system science while simultaneously preparing to address operational requirements for weather forecasting. Suomi NPP also represents the gateway to the creation of a U.S. climate monitoring system, collecting both climate and operational weather data and continuing key data records that are critical for global change science.

For more information about NASA’s Fire and Smoke page, visit:

www.nasa.gov/fires

For more information about Suomi NPP, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/suominpp

Rob Gutro and Lynn Jenner

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Last Updated: May 5, 2016

Editor: Lynn Jenner

Tags:  Earth, Fire and Smoke, Goddard Space Flight Center, Hazards, Suomi

NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership)

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