(Image from CTV Edmonton)
A few years ago, when we lived in Northern Alberta, I worked for the Forestry division as a Logistics Coordinator. I didn’t work in Slave Lake itself but all of the different Forestry departments in the province worked together to fight fires all season long. Watching Slave Lake literally burn to the ground is heartbreaking (as of the last news report that I heard, 70% of the town has burned down); I have former coworkers who are working around the clock fighting the fire on the scene and in the many offices around the province, not to mention thinking of all of the 7,000 people who have had to evacuate from Slave Lake as their homes are endangered. Thankfully, so far no deaths or injuries have been reported.
On Facebook, you can find out more information about the fires at Alberta Wildfire Info and there are pages to direct you on where you can make donations of clothing/food in the Edmonton area and Grande Prairie , as well as a general page for donations and aide for the Slave Lake Area fire victims. If you aren’t local but want to make a donation to help the victims of the fire in Slave Lake, you can visit Red Cross online.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Alberta as they deal with this devastating event and we hope that everyone is able to stay safe!