We must be patient and work together to prioritize what’s in the best interest of those impacted by the wildfires.
Those words from RMWB Fire Chief Darby Allen this afternoon.
Allen says there are currently 1700 firefighters and 25 airtankers fighting the fire which is now 25 to 30 kilometres from the Saskatchewan border.
He says the fire is now about 240,000 hectares in size.
He says there is still no public access to Fort McMurray except for emergency responders and essential services and a boil water advisory is still in effect.
Allen says everything is being done on a 24/7 basis, but much more work needs to be done, from property damage assessment to security of provisions.
He adds services and supports will be set up and available to residents as they return.
In the meantime, Allen says residents can do a few things.
He says to register with the Red Cross, contact your insurance provider, and apply for support
Allen says the generosity shown to the community has been overwhelming and advises those still wishing to donate or help with an offer of resources to fill out the offer of resources form on the RMWB website.
Allen also announced that as they enter the re-build phase he is no longer Director of Emergency Management; as of today the new director is Bob Couture and the new Deputy Director is Steve Carr, previously with the Provincial Operations Centre.
The Fire Chief closed his statement with thanks to his sons and his wife of 36 years, Maria.