The worst of the Fort McMurray wildfire may not be over as high temperatures and strong winds are expected on Wednesday.
20,000 evacuees are expected to arrive in Edmonton.
No major injuries have been reported but some people were forced to leave the city with just the clothes on their backs which was the case for both Joanne Bates and John Davidson.
“It’s a disaster and it’s not fair as we were not allowed to take our things so we lost everything,” says Bates
“I had a Class A RV motorhome, everything I worked for the last two years is up in smoke,” stated Davidson.
Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley says it’s a tough situation for everyone.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the citizens of Fort McMurray. I know this is a very scary time for people to leave their homes under these conditions.”
Notley also praised the efforts of emergency personnel.
“I want to thank the firefighters, pilots, volunteers and emergency service workers in a dedicated way under very difficult circumstances right now to support the community.”
The 80,000 people travelling out of the city left Fort McMurray with no gas as of Tuesday night.
If you text Red Cross to 30333 that will donate $5 from your phone to the relief effort
BC says it can’t help Alberta with the forest fire due to the province’s own forest fire situation.
Ryan Turcot with the BC Wildfire Service says given the current activity in the province, we need to maintain our resources and are unable to lend crews at this time.
The last time Alberta faced a fire-related evacuation was back in 2011 when 9,000 people were forced from their homes in Slave Lake.
(Files from Brendan Pawliw with MY PRINCE GEORGE NOW)