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Work camps north of Fort McMurray evacuated due to growing wildfire

May 16, 2016 By John Cotter and Dean Bennett - The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A precautionary evacuation is clearing out employees at work camps north of Fort McMurray due to the threat of a quickly spreading wildfire. Non-essential personnel are leaving while others are staying to conduct work on the

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Alberta government releases Fort McMurray fire damage surveillance app

May 16, 2016 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has released an app that will give Fort McMurray residents a good look at their properties. A message from Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee warns that viewing the satellite images may be traumatic, and the

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Google offers look at fire damaged Fort McMurray neighbourhoods

May 14, 2016 The Canadian Press

Fort McMurray evacuees eager for a look at how their neighbourhoods fared during a recent forest fire have a new tool – Google. The California-based Internet giant is offering a bird’s-eye view of the city taken from satellite imagery on

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Radiation safety specialists enroute to Fort McMurray as precaution

May 13, 2016 Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is sending specialists to Fort McMurray to help emergency crews check out radiological devices that may have been affected by the wildfire. The equipment – which includes radiography cameras used to

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Big banks shave 2016 growth outlooks for Canada in wake of Alberta wildfire

May 12, 2016 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The effects of the enormous Alberta wildfire on the ever-crucial oil sector have prompted forecasters to trim their 2016 economic growth predictions for the entire country. Experts, including those from several big banks, have shaved their outlooks in

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Update puts buildings lost in Fort McMurray at 2,400, but 25,000 saved

May 9, 2016 By Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the “ocean of fire” that hit Fort McMurray burned about 10 per cent of the buildings, but the hard work of firefighters saved the bulk of the city so it can be rebuilt.

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Fort McMurray wildfire could hurt 2016 Q2 results for some Canadian p&c insurers, companies offering help

May 9, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

Credit rating agency Moody’s does not anticipate the massive wildfire in and around Fort McMurray will be a credit event for Canada’s property and casualty industry, but is likely to have an impact on 2016 Q2 results for property insurers.

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A look at how a wildfire consumed large parts of Fort McMurray

May 8, 2016 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A wildfire has devastated the community of Fort McMurray. Here is a timeline of events: Sunday – A fire starts in a remote part of forest southwest of Fort McMurray. Investigators don’t know how it started,

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Officials say it could take months to extinguish massive Alberta blaze

May 7, 2016 By John Cotter - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Fire officials are bracing themselves for a long, long fight against the blaze that forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray and has eaten up more than 1,500 square kilometres of northern Alberta forest. “Unless we have

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Catastrophic Fort McMurray wildfire shows need for fire resilience

May 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The devastating wildfire in and around Fort McMurray – an event that has been estimated could produce insured losses of as much as $9 billion, becoming the most cost disaster event ever in Canada – clearly illustrates the pressing need

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Crews scramble as Fort McMurray fire explodes in size, continues to threaten

May 5, 2016 By John Cotter – THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Crews fighting to save Fort McMurray from rampaging flames water bombed the city Thursday to try to keep away a wildfire so intense it has spawned its own weather. “It was creating its own high winds

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An estimated 90% of homes in Fort McMurray, Alta. neighbourhood lost in wildfire

May 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

An estimated 90% of the homes in the Waterways neighbourhood of Fort McMurray, Alta. have been lost as a major wildfire continues to sweep through the town. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said in a media briefing on Wednesday