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Old 05-17-2016, 11:01 PM   #21
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One school of thought on the cause says, by the gov't not allowing naturally caused fires (lightning strikes, etc.) to burn out excess tinder developes. Extinguishing those over many years, has caused the tinder, to accumulate well beyond acceptable levels. Result, this enormous fire. One can only hope the knuckleheads learn from this disaster.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:20 PM   #22
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The fire is now over 350,000 hectares (865,000 acres). They have said it is "beyond resources" meaning no matter what they throw at it, it will continue to burn until significant rain changes the conditions.

This is at 3 o'clock, in the afternoon!!

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:26 AM   #23
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They figure it'll burn till winter. There's a lot of peat up there. It burns down till it hits the permafrost.
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:51 PM   #24
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Fort MacMurray Evacuation 29,000 people

Fire grew substantially last night. Now estimated to be 423,000 hectares, or over one million acres. They also expect it to breach the border of neighbouring Saskatchewan by the end of the day.

To put the size of this fire into perspective, it is currently almost 9/10 the size of the Grand Canyon National Park, and growing.
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Old 05-28-2016, 01:02 AM   #25
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1.5 million acres now. Currently not threatening the city, and if things hold up the residents can start returning June 1.
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