According to NASA, the massive wildfire that ravaged Fort McMurray for several months is expected to keep spreading. This fire, NASA says, was caused by extreme fire conditions, including very high temperatures and low humidity, as well wind. NASA claims that the satellites are continuing to image the region and it remains in contact with Alberta’s Government. This photograph was taken by the MODIS instrument aboard Terra’s Terra satellite on May 8th, Alberta Fire. Image: nasa.gov. The following communities are currently under evacuation orders: – Anzac, Fort McMurray, Gregoire Lake Estates, Fort McMurray First Nation. Residents who reside in Fort McMurray should expect to be away from their homes for some time. The Alberta Government said: “Public safety is our number-one priority, and residents won’t be able to return home until it is safe to do so.” According to an update by the Government of Alberta: “Currently there are more than 500 firefighters battling the blaze in and around Fort McMurray, along with 15 helicopters, 14 air tankers and 88 other pieces of equipment.” This image of the wildfires currently burning in Canada was captured by the Suomi NPP satellite on 8th May. (Image: nasa.gov) “Yesterday’s plan (on May 07) to evacuate 25,000 residents who fled north of Fort McMurray was a success. As of 10: 00am, no evacuees have been reported remaining in camps to the north. 300 residents of Fort McKay were evacuated by ground and air to Edmonton. It was necessary to evacuate the Fort McKay area because of heavy smoke. Syncrude, one of Canada’s largest oil sands producers, is a major producer of crude oil. Several workers had to be evacuated from Shell, Husky Suncor, Suncor, and CNRL locations. Many of these facilities still operate. Two-hundred-and-fifty ATCO workers are in Fort McMurray trying to restore the power grid and assess the gas infrastructure. The wildfire, which is expected to continue expanding, currently covers 161,000 hectares (more than 397,800 acres). The whole of New York City, which is 121,000 hectares, would easily fit into the area covered by this fire. Residents, firefighters, and authorities across Canada have been praying for rain as the wildfire continues its spread. (Image: flickr.com/photos/premierofalberta) 34 wildfires burning The Government of Alberta added: “Fire conditions remain extreme, with four new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 34 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, 23 under control and six turned over to the responsible parties.” “More than 1,500 firefighters, approximately 150 helicopters, 222 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 28 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.” “Temperature forecast for Sunday is 18degC (64 degrees F) with winds gusting up to 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph). Showers are possible in Fort McMurray. This image was taken by the Aqua satellite’s MODIS instrument using the Aqua satellite. It shows smoke rising from Ft. McMurray and other Canadian wildfires as it flies across the Atlantic Ocean. Image: nasa.gov. The Atlantic Ocean is being flooded by smoke from fires. Aqua satellite took the picture of the movement. Smoke from any type of fire, including waste, wood-burning, crop, brush or forest, is made up of chemicals and particulate matter. Particulate matter, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are all found in smoke. These toxins should be avoided by humans. Video: Update on Canadian Wildfire Situation. Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley, along with technical experts, provides an update about the Fort McMurray wildfire.
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