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Businesses in the Fort McMurray area were equally impacted by the fires and subsequent evacuation, and they now have a key resource to assist them with their return to the region. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo with the support of Economic Developers Alberta and the Canadian Red Cross has launched a hotline that will operate 24 hours a day; seven days a week for the first two weeks. Called the Business Recovery Hotline, it is designed to provide business owners access to information resources. It also helps them to identify what their needs are to get their businesses operational after the devastating fire. “We’re committed to business in Wood Buffalo. Our businesses are the backbone of the region. They ...

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To ensure the safety of residents, access to Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways, will be restricted until further notice. Air, soil, and ash testing of affected areas has confirmed the presence of chemicals that are a risk if residents are exposed to them. As a result, all residents located in the re-entry Zone 4b communities of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways are not permitted to access their homes on the scheduled re-entry date of June 4. Plans are being made to ensure safe and controlled access to these communities. For homes that are structurally sound, residents may have time-limited access on a case by case basis to retrieve personal belongings if they are accompanied by the municipality and are supplied ...

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As a result of the wildfire affecting the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), many municipal services have been interrupted and business owners trying to renew their Business Licenses have not been able to do so. In light of this situation, Planning and Development will be extending the renewal period for all Business Licenses, until municipal services are restored. All business owners will receive a letter in due course outlining the new renewal dates and explaining the application process. If you have questions, please contact Business Licensing at business.licensing@rmwb.ca.

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TAKE NOTICE THAT: STATE OF EMERGENCY - The Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray and the surrounding rural areas of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have suffered extensive damage resulting from the wildfires of May 2016, and they currently remain subject to a declaration of a State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act; ESSENTIAL SERVICES - Access to essential services is currently limited in the re-entry areas, including without restriction, potable water, sewer, electricity, natural gas and telephone (cellular and land line), as well as police, fire, ambulance and public road access (the “Essential Services”). In the restricted access areas access to Essential Services is currently not available at all. The lack or limited availability of the Essential ...

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Mayor Melissa Blake and Bob Couture, Director of Emergency Management for the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) participated in a media conference call today to take questions and discuss the latest developments of the wildfire situation. You can listen to a replay of the call on YouTube.

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Mayor Melissa Blake and Bob Couture, Director of Emergency Management for the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC), participated in a conference call with media to take questions and discuss the latest developments of the wildfire situation. You can listen to a replay of the conference on YouTube.

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The Regional Emergency Operations Centre has endorsed Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AAF) recommendation to allow a phased re-entry to the following areas listed below. Assessment work to return the following camps to operations may begin immediately: AOSTRA Road Corridor: Suncor Baseline and MacKay River Camps Brion (all) Camps Birch Mountain Camp Sunshine Camp Production facilities accessed by AOSTRA Road Hwy 63 (South of Fort McMurray) Road Corridor: AOC Hangingstone Great Sand Tiger JACOS Grayling Creek Fire Base Guest occupancy is not permitted until AAF and Alberta Health Services inspections have been completed to ensure safe conditions for occupants. The phased re-entry for all oilsands camps in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is now underway. Please abide by the current ...

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Damage assessments for the 400 Silin Forest Road fires and the Dickinsfield explosion have been completed. RCMP have attempted to contact the occupants of the impacted residences; however they have been unable reach the occupants of each home. Both the fires and the explosion remain under investigation. If you live in either of these areas, please visit firemap.rmwb.ca and click on Status Update tab to confirm the status of your home. Please note that you may have to clear your browser’s cache to view the updated version of the site. Learning that your home has been significantly damaged may be traumatic – Alberta Health Services mental health professionals are available 24 hours per day at 780-370-0182 or 780-792-6378 ...

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The Regional Emergency Operations Centre has endorsed Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AAF) recommendation to allow a phased re-entry to the following areas listed below. Assessment work to return the following camps to operations may begin immediately: Nexen Long Lake HML Lodge Gregoire River Nexen Kinosis PTI Kinosis PTI Anzac Surmont Cheecham Lodge Guest occupancy is not permitted until AAF and Alberta Health Services inspections have been completed to ensure safe conditions for occupants. Please abide by the current travel restrictions from the Government of Alberta regarding travel to and from the region. The mandatory evacuation for the Fort McMurray and Anzac areas remains in place.

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An overview of re-entry timelines and maps is now available to support the voluntary, phased re-entry for the safe return of Fort McMurray residents, tentatively scheduled to begin on June 1, so long as wildfire conditions do not delay restoration efforts A number of conditions must be in place before residents will be permitted to return: Wildfire is no longer an imminent threat Critical infrastructure to support essential services is repaired and restored to provide a basic service level. Essential services are restored to basic level, including: Emergency Services (Fire, EMS, Police, 911) Open, safe transportation to, and within, the community (includes traffic controls) Access to emergency medical care and patient transport Access to potable water, electricity and gas Access ...

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Conditions have improved in areas north of Fort McMurray, resulting in the mandatory evacuation order being lifted from the following areas: Millennium Camp Borealis Camp Hudson Camp Noralta Camp Ruth Lake Camp Suncor Base Plant (including ATT) Syncrude Mildred Lake Plant Northbound traffic on Highway 63 remains restricted to essential services only. If you work in these areas, please contact your employer for alternative travel arrangements.

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Mayor Melissa Blake and Bob Couture, Director of Emergency Management for the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC), participated in a conference call with media to take questions and discuss the latest developments of the wildfire situation. You can hear an archive of the conversation now

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Correction as of 8:55 p.m. May 17 – There was an error with regards to the impacted streets in the Dickinsfield explosion, which has been corrected below. We apologize for the error. (Fort McMurray, AB – May 17, 2016) – Last night there was a fire in Thickwood at Silin Forest Road and an explosion in Dickinsfield, impacting several homes. These areas are no longer under immediate threat. Silin Forest fire Three complexes across from Father Mercredi High School were involved – one fourplex was lost and three units were damaged. The fire is under investigation. Dickinsfield explosion There was an explosion in a home on Clenell Crescent, which damaged seven nearby homes on Dickins Drive. This is also ...

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Last night there was a fire in Thickwood at Silin Forest Road and an explosion in Dickinsfield, impacting several homes. These areas are no longer under immediate threat. Silin Forest fire Three complexes across from Father Mercredi were involved – one fourplex was lost and three units were damaged. The fire is under investigation. Dickinsfield explosion There was an explosion in a home on McConachie Crescent, which damaged seven nearby homes. This is also under investigation.

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The evacuation zone has increased north of the city of Fort McMurray due to evolving fire conditions. Several camps are affected by this evacuation. Approximately 8,000 people impacted. The camps include: Ruth Lake Borealis Lodge Millennium Lodge Hudson Mildred Lake As a result of this evacuation, our transportation access has been altered in the region. Hwy 63 southbound remains open. Hwy 63 north of the city limits is closed. Hwy 63 within the city remains open.

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All non-essential employees working outside of the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) or South Operations Centre (SOC) should muster to MacDonald Island or Fire Hall #5. Map attached.

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As of 2:30 p.m. MT, a fire was heading north to Tower Road. At the present time, it is moving 30-40 metres per minute and is 6 kilometres from Tower Road. We anticipate the fire will hit Tower Road in two hours (as of 3:45 p.m.). This alert affects a number of plants. It includes the camps off of AOSTRA Road, including: Noralta Poplar Creek (Birch) Poplar Creek Lodge Blacksands Baseline Mackay River Brion Dover Brion Ops Corp Camp Brion Construction Camp B STP Mackay Lodge Brion Dover South Base (Thickwood) South Pacific Resources About 4,000 workers are currently being evacuated from these areas. At this time, we are stopping all traffic coming northbound into town. ...

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The Government of Alberta has announced a process to help people recover vehicles abandoned during the Fort McMurray evacuation. Hundreds of vehicles were left along Highway 63 within Fort McMurray and to the north and south of the city. Vehicles were also abandoned on Highway 881. Vehicles abandoned on Highway 63 south of the Highway 63/881 junction may be retrieved by calling Highway 63 Towing & Recovery at 1-877-671-2717. Those vehicles are being stored at the Wandering River yard, roughly 230 kilometres north of Edmonton. Vehicles abandoned on Highway 881 and on Highway 63 north of the Highway 63/881 junction may be retrieved by calling 310-4455. This includes vehicles abandoned on Highway 63 with Fort McMurray urban limits and vehicles ...

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As part of the collaborative response by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency,Canada Task Force 2 (Can-TF2) as deployed to support to the wild fire emergency efforts occurring in the Municipal Region of Wood Buffalo.

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Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Darby Allen signs out temporarily in order to reconnect with family as the response to the Fort McMurray-area wildfires is about to shift to recovery and rebuilding.

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The Regional Emergency Operations Centre has been approached with an enormous number of offers for resources and assistance. We are hugely appreciative of these offers and are working to develop a system to make good on them. To start collecting the offers of assistance we've developed an "Offer of Resources" form that allows us to better understand what is being offered. Those looking to offer resources can help by filling out the form provided in the link below. We'll then assess this information, identify resources needed, and use the information to help coordinate allocation of these resources. Please only submit one form per type of offer - if we require your assistance you will be contacted. We appreciate everyone's patience ...

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RMWB Fire Chief Darby Allen provided an operational update at 1:30 p.m. on May 12 at the RCMP checkpoint south of Fort McMurray on Highway 63.

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Today The Province of Alberta announced the process for distributing financial support to the residents who were evacuated due to the fires around the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Information on eligibility, time and locations can be found on the Alberta emergency website at www.alberta.ca/emergency

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For the past week Fort McMurray and surrounding areas have been under threat from a massive and unprecedented wildfire that saw 80,000 residents evacuated from the area. Responders from Fort McMurray and all across Canada continue to work 24 hours a day to protect the municipality from the out of control wildfire. We, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, are working from our Emergency Operations Centre along with emergency responders to limit the damage and return Fort McMurray and area to normal as quick as we can. We are still here. We are still working to make this community safe with the goal of returning you to your homes as soon as possible so we can begin the rebuilding ...

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