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Thoughts and prayers to all our Canadian friends

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We all are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers while you battle the wild fires . We can only hope and pray that the fire is stopped. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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That's one of the big dangers of El Nino years...2003 was insane.

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Here in the four corners we call that spring. 

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Fortunately it's heading in a direction where there isn't a whole lot of anything.  FM unfortunately took a direct hit.  It'll take years to come back, 1600 structures destroyed.  Hopefully the price of oil heads back up and helps in that rebuilding effort.  Terrible terrible loss.  :(

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We all are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers while you battle the wild fires . We can only hope and pray that the fire is stopped. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Many thanks for the kind words from our friends south of the border.
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Yea, been watching the devastation for a couple weeks on the news. It's just horrible what mother nature can do. 

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts for us north of the border! While I haven't been directly impacted by the wildfires, many many people around us have. Most people I know have others staying with them, with no timeline of when they will be back home. My graduate student, who is from Fort Mac, lost his childhood home, and his uncle's family lost their home too. They're all in Calgary now, and it will be a while before they are even allowed back in the city, let alone can begin to rebuild. 


The tally in the city is going to be about 2500-2600 structures lost, but thanks to truly heroic efforts by firefighters from all over Alberta, much of the main infrastructure of the city was saved - bridges, the downtown, the water treatment plant...

 

Some of the stories we've heard about the evacuation and fighting the fire have been both harrowing and heartwarming. We're used to fire in the boreal - I've driven through forest fires a number of times in both northern BC and the Yukon - but this is of such a massive scale that they are saying that the only thing that will control it is either a week straight of heavy rain or...winter.

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