Oil-sands facilities and work camps north of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate Monday after a new fire west of the city began heading north.
Nineteen work camps and as many as 8,000 people are affected by the new evacuation order. Suncor Energy Inc. and Syncrude Canada are mobilizing to get their employees out of the area.
A Conference Board of Canada report, released Tuesday but written before the latest fire developments, suggests rebuilding work later in the year would leave “only a slightly negative impact” to the province’s economy in the third quarter.
Air quality in the Fort McMurray area is extremely poor, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Monday, warning that it could significantly hinder efforts to bring residents home again. The air-quality index is normally on a scale of one to 10; right now, it’s 38.
Efforts are under way to reunite Fort McMurray residents with their abandoned vehicles.
Alberta has released a fire damage surveillance app for Fort McMurray.
Fort McMurray evacuees stand to get about $2,000 each in aid through assistance organized by the Red Cross and the province.
Displaced Fort McMurray residents are getting more resources to help ease their predicament. The Canadian government says it will work to speed up employment insurance claims; Canada Post has announced a mail forwarding program free of charge for Fort McMurray and area residents; Western Union is waiving money-transfer fees so Canadians can send money to Alberta more easily.