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Fort McMurray's Canada Day parade cancelled this 12 months, fireworks and occasions ongoing

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Responding to the Fort Chipewyan wildfire and planning for re-entry has strained most of the group volunteers, companies and RMWB workers that may usually concentrate on the Canada Day parade. The logistics and planning for the wildfire response and re-entry planning has been large.

“Whereas we’re disenchanted in regards to the parade, we look ahead to it returning even larger and higher in 2024,” stated Keith Smith, the RMWB’s director of public works, in a press release. “We additionally encourage residents to get out and see the numerous different nice Canada Day actions which are out there on July 1.”

The parade’s cancelation doesn’t impression different Canada Day occasions in Fort McMurray. Different occasions embody:

MacDonald Island Park 

  • June 30 – Free group live performance and fireworks beginning at 6 p.m.
  • July 1 – Free household enjoyable actions from 12 p.m. to five p.m.
  • Extra occasion and exercise info right here.

Fort McMurray Heritage Society

  • Free admission to Heritage Village and Heritage Shipyard on July 1.
  • Extra info on the museum is obtainable right here.

Multicultural Affiliation of Wooden Buffalo

  • Internet hosting a Canada Day Scavenger Hunt Draw. Extra info right here.

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Important employees began returning to Fort Chipewyan on June 19. Most of the people will begin returning on June 22. Elders and folks thought-about susceptible or with well being points return on June 24.

Fort Chipewyan was evacuated on Could 30 when an uncontrolled wildfire started shifting in direction of the group. Greater than 1,000 individuals have been airlifted out of the group or escaped on boats. Most evacuees left Fort Chipewyan by Could 31.

Emily Smith, Wildfire Data Officer for Alberta Wildfire, estimates the wildfire was fought by about 600 firefighters and contractors from throughout Canada, the US and Australia. This consists of about 65 troopers from 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Mild Infantry.

Small groups of firefighters and contractors will stay within the space to watch the wildfire, stated Smith.

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