The blaze consuming Fort McMurray has triggered the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta’s history.
At least 53,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes and flee to safer territory as emergency crews continue to battle the flames. The scale of this disaster is unprecedented, and entire communities are at risk. So far, 1,600 structures have been razed and the fire has grown to a shocking 10,000 hectares in size. The blaze is now so big, it can actually be seen from space.
NASA just released satellite images of the area around Fort McMurray and, needless to say, they certainly put things into perspective. Here’s an image from May 1:
These images provide a disturbing look at just how out of control these fires have become. In fact, some experts are now saying weather is the only thing that will be able to stop them.
An investigation is still underway to determine the exact cause of the Alberta forest fires. So far, no injuries, deaths or missing persons have been reported.