Alberta Wildfire 

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  • Alberta Wildfire
    • When, where, why?
      • 1st May 2016
      • Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
      • First few day of May: temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.
        • Fire created its own weather pattern-> lightning->ignition of more fires (positive feedback loop.)
        • Began as a controlled fire but change in wind direction caused fire brands to fly and spread the fire.
    • Impacts
      • 2400 homes destroyed.
      • $9 billion worth of damage
      • SHELL Canada had to temporarily shut down Albian Sands operation
        • Oil industry lost $1 billion.
    • Responses
      • Canadian government received over $50 million in aid.
      • State of emergency declared so firefighters from neighbouring states were sent in.
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