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By the numbers: Responding to Fort Chipewyan wildfire a large logistics effort

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Evacuating Fort Chipewyan and coordinating evacuees, emergency employees and volunteers was a large logistical endeavor. It will likely be months earlier than it’s identified how a lot was spent by completely different ranges of presidency and companies.

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An estimated $6.2 million was spent by the municipality between Might 30 and June 20, in line with Laurie Farquharson, chief monetary officer of the RMWB. The whole price can be greater as soon as re-entry is included.

The funding spent by Alberta Wildfire, the Canadian Armed Forces, the province, dozens of fireplace departments, and different companies and authorities companies may even take time to calculate.

Municipal spokesperson Dylan Corbett stated the RMWB is speaking with the Alberta authorities in regards to the Catastrophe Restoration Program and wildfire restoration. There are additionally talks with the federal authorities for related funds.

Fort Chipewyan was evacuated on Might 30 when an uncontrolled wildfire started transferring in the direction of the group. A staggered re-entry started on June 19. Residents began going house on June 22 and susceptible residents returned on June 24. The wildfire didn’t enter the group, though cabins have been destroyed.

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Volunteers, firefighters and emergency employees have been thanked in a joint assertion despatched Wednesday.

“All of the arduous work is not going to be forgotten, and everybody did such an incredible job by means of this very troublesome time,” stated Judy Ann Cardinal, performing president of Fort Chipewyan Métis Nation.

We look ahead to a return to normalcy as we reunite in Fort Chipewyan as a robust, vibrant group,” stated Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

“Working collectively, we have been devoted to doing every thing potential to guard Fort Chipewyan because the area got here collectively to assist Fort Chipewyan group members throughout their troublesome time away from house,” stated Mayor Sandy Bowman.

The Fort Chipewyan Wildfire by the numbers

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The evacuation

  • Roughly 1,000 folks have been capable of safely go away Fort Chipewyan and return.
  • Evacuees carried 158 pets.
  • Greater than 100 flights from 4 airways carried group members, pets, emergency employees and provides.
  • Dozens of boats helped transport group members and provides. The Fort McKay First Nation, Fort McKay Métis Nation and plenty of volunteers taken care of boats and helped make provide runs on the Athabasca River.
  • Evacuees stayed in 10 lodges in Fort McMurray. In any other case they stayed with pals or household.
  • Pets have been saved on the K9 Clubhouse and supported by bylaw companies and the Fort McMurray SPCA.
  • The Fort McMurray SPCA offered vaccines, remedies, and spade and neutered pets.

The crews and gear that fought the wildfire

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  • Greater than 500 firefighters and personnel have rotated by means of Fort Chipewyan to assist struggle the wildfire and shield the group. This contains firefighters from the USA and Australia, and 65 troopers from 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Mild Infantry.
  • Greater than 100 firefighters, together with volunteer firefighters, put in sprinkler techniques on buildings, cleared vegetation that might gas fires, and enacted FireSmart ideas round properties and buildings.
  • The Fort Chipewyan Hearth Division educated 17 residents with primary firefighting coaching to behave as assist.
  • Eight Fort Chipewyan residents with earlier wildland firefighting expertise have been recertified by the Fort Chipewyan Hearth Division.
  • Alberta Wildfire deployed greater than 20 plane, helicopters and completely different items of heavy gear through the struggle in opposition to the wildfire.
  • Greater than 20 fireplace departments and companies from throughout Alberta have been despatched to Fort Chipewyan. They introduced eight type-6 firetrucks, 5 sprinkler trailers, three pumper vans, one tanker truck and a number of items of heavy gear.
  • Greater than 200 folks supported the response from emergency coordination centres in Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray and Edmonton.

Volunteers reply to the disaster

  • Dozens of Fort Chipewyan residents stayed behind to supply important companies and assist the response to the wildfire.
  • Greater than 350 volunteer positions have been stuffed and almost 2,000 volunteer hours accomplished.
  • Numerous companies in Fort McMurray supported Fort Chipewyan residents by means of donations, reductions, or different types of assist.
  • Hundreds of things have been donated to aid efforts. This included garments, toys, toiletries and pet food. All leftover donations have been given to native non-profit organizations that supported the response.

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