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Postby edfrank » Mon May 16, 2011 11:26 am

Slave Lake reeling after Alberta fires cause 'devastating' destruction

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/slave-lake-reeling-after-alberta-fires-cause-devastating-destruction/article2023343/
JOSH WINGROVE and JILL MAHONEY
EDMONTON and TORONTO— Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, May. 16, 2011 8:44AM EDT
Last updated Monday, May. 16, 2011 10:31AM EDT

The northern Alberta town of Slave Lake is partially in ruins after a devastating, fast-moving wildfire caught community officials off guard.

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The damage is catastrophic. Hundreds of homes, churches and businesses have been destroyed. So too has the town hall, library and radio station. The power is out, cellphone service has been spotty, and 7,000 residents were forced to flee through a single road, the only highway open as fires rage on all sides.


Video Clip:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/video/video-residents-flee-as-slave-lake-burns/article2023355/?from=2023343

Photo Series: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/forest-fires-rage-across-alberta/article2023163/?from=2023343

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#2)  Re: Slave Lake reeling after Alberta fires cause 'devastatin

Postby edfrank » Tue May 17, 2011 6:42 pm

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=50635&src=eoa-iotd

               
                       
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Tan and gray smoke spanned hundreds of kilometers across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories, Canada, on May 16, 2011. At 10:00 a.m., the Alberta government reported 116 fires burning in the province, 34 of which were out of control. The following day, the total number of fires had dropped to 100, and the number of uncontrolled fires had dropped to 22, but four new fires had started to burn out of control.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite took this image at 12:35 p.m. local time on May 16. Similar images of central Canada are available twice daily.

The top view shows a wide area to illustrate how far the smoke traveled. The lower image provides a closer view of a massive fire burning south of Lake Athabasca. Fire detections are outlined in red. Strong winds fanned the fires on May 15 and 16, pulling thick plumes of smoke north.

The fires forced some energy and transportation companies to suspend operations, reported CBC News. Multiple petroleum companies suspended drilling in the region and moved their employees to safety. A pipeline closure and halted railway service hampered oil transport. Meanwhile, fires near Lesser Slave Lake destroyed 40 percent of the town of Slave Lake on May 15, including hundreds of homes and businesses, and the town hall.

On May 17, CBC News reported that British Columbia was sending 200 more firefighters, in addition to the 130 firefighters already deployed to Alberta the previous day. Fire danger remained extreme throughout much of northern Alberta on May 17, the government reported.

   References
   CBC News. (2011, May 16). Alberta fires shut down energy operations. Accessed May 16, 2011.
   CBC News. (2011, May 16). Slave Lake firefighters struggle to save town. Accessed May 16, 2011.
   CBC News. (2011, May 17). B.C. sends more crews to Alberta wildfires. Accessed May 17, 2011.
   Government of Alberta. (2011, May 16, 10:11 a.m.). Fire status map. Accessed May 16, 2011.
   Government of Alberta. (2011, May 17, 10:00 a.m.). Provincial wildfire situation report. Accessed May 17, 2011.
   Government of Alberta. (2011, May 17). Fire danger forecasts. Accessed May 17, 2011.

More images of this event in Natural Hazards

NASA images courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek and Michon Scott.


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#3)  Re: Slave Lake reeling after Alberta fires cause 'devastatin

Postby edfrank » Fri May 27, 2011 5:51 pm

What fire-ravaged Slave Lake can learn from Kelowna
By Max Paris, Environment Unit CBC News
Posted: May 26, 2011 1:33 PM PT
Last Updated: May 26, 2011 2:37 PM PT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/05/26/pol-enviro-wildfires-cities.html

Slave Lake and other communities in fire-prone areas rebuilding after forest fires could learn a lesson from Kelowna, B.C.

The Okanagan Valley city was devastated by a large wildfire in 2003. The Okanagan Mountain Park inferno charred 25,000 hectares of pine forest and consumed 239 homes. Once the embers were doused, Kelowna rebuilt — and rethought the way it prepares for fires.


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Postby jamesrobertsmith » Fri May 27, 2011 8:33 pm

I am reminded of Ernest Thompson Seton's writings about the "Chaska Water"--the big lakes that were drained so that crops could be planted in that part of Canada. The lost wildlife. The vanished birds.
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