Discussion in 'Environment' started by Old Rocks, May 16, 2011.
Photos: Wildfires in northern Alberta
The photo's cool..
People fleeing wild fires pack northern Alberta communities
EDMONTON - Hundreds of people from northern Alberta have joined the 7,000 Slave Lake residents who have fled wildfires and are now in evacuation centres.
In Grande Prairie, around 300 kilometres west of Slave Lake, 200 evacuees are expected to arrive from nearby communities this weekend.
The Grande Prairie Inn is packed full of evacuees, with 210 members of Whitefish Lake First Nation and 25 Slave Lake families temporarily taking refuge there.
The evacuation of Slave Lake left families scattered around the province, and some are still moving into hotel rooms and evacuation centres, David Olinger, a spokesman for the City of Grande Prairie, said Friday.
“We haven’t been told when they can actually all flock back to their communities.”
While hotels expect an influx in evacuees, Grande Prairie relief centres are full of donations.
The official version of forest fires courtesy of "National Resources Canada"..."Fire plays an important role in most forest ecosystems in Canada. As these ecosystems have evolved over the last 10,000 to 15,000 years (since the last glacial retreat at the end of the last ice age) fire has helped to maintain health and diversity of forests". Was that a can of beer the guy was holding in front of the charred remains of a house? Legend confirmed.
I hate to break this to you, Rocks in the Head, but fires aren't weather or climate.
Well, Pattycake, the title of the board is environment, and the last time I looked, trees and forests were part of the environment.
Status update on wildfires | Canada Views
Raging fires stop oil and gas operations
CALGARY — Suspension of oil and gas production is spreading across northern Alberta as wildfires rage out of control.
Oil and gas producers Monday evacuated workers and closed heavy oil facilities, pipelines and processing plants as emergency teams battled wind-fuelled fires that now cover more than 30,000 hectares.
Canadian Natural Resources pulled 1,300 workers from two camps associated with its Horizon oilsands project outside of Fort McMurray as flames burned within 150 metres of one of its lodges.
"We have no actual fire on our site per se, it's still a ways away, but we're just taking precautionary measures," vice chair John Langille told the Herald.
Operations at Canadian Natural's Horizon oilsands project have been at a virtual standstill since an explosion ripped through its upgrader in January, injuring five workers.
Read more: Raging fires stop oil and gas operations
Tell me something.
Why do you keep posting about fires and earthquakes like they are caused by global warming? Is the air so hot that the grass spontaneously cumbusts? Or did the snow on the ground cause them?
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