DISASTERS: FIRE : ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : COUNTRIES: CANADA : TOURISM AND TRAVEL: Inside the Fort McMurray Scorch Zone, Signs of Hasty Retreat and Natures Cruelty

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DISASTERS: FIRE : ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : COUNTRIES: CANADA : TOURISM AND TRAVEL: Inside the Fort McMurray Scorch Zone, Signs of Hasty Retreat and Natures Cruelty

David Dillard
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DISASTERS: FIRE :

ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

COUNTRIES: CANADA :

TOURISM AND TRAVEL:

Inside the Fort McMurray Scorch Zone,
Signs of Hasty Retreat and Natures Cruelty

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Inside the Fort McMurray Scorch Zone,
Signs of Hasty Retreat and Natures Cruelty

By TYLER HICKS

May 6, 2016

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/world/americas/inside- 
the-fort-mcmurray-fire-zone-a-haunting-journey.html?_r=
0&module=Endslate&region=SlideShowTopBar&version=
EndSlate&action=Click&contentCollection=
Americas&slideshowTitle=Inside%20the%20Scorch%
20Zone&currentSlide=Endslate&entrySlide=1&pgtype=imageslideshow

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/jd4mpll

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FORT McMURRAY, Alberta  The houses had literally melted. Hundreds of them.
Two-story, plastic-sided homes were down to concrete slabs with stairs
leading nowhere. Some iron railings survived, but even they sagged, a
stark reminder of just how hot this fire had burned.

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There were no people for blocks as I cruised through the destroyed Beacon
Hill neighborhood on Friday morning. The citys 88,000 residents had been
evacuated three days earlier as the walls of flame closed in. An area the
size of several football fields looked like a post-apocalyptic movie set.

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Even the usual signs of interrupted life were scarce: Furniture and
appliances had burned up, with the hard metal pieces of barbecue grills,
some particularly sturdy lawn furniture and the skeletons of curbside
mailboxes remaining.

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It was clear that the fire had whipped through very quickly, and somewhat
erratically. People did not have time to take valuables, and there were
clear signs of what I would classify as panicked retreat.

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Ive covered the aftermath of natural disasters like the 2004 tsunami in
Indonesia and the earthquake in Pakistan the following year. Those were
acts of nature that ended quickly. This is different, because its a
continuing threat. The fire is still burning out of control, and no one
really knows the direction it will take next.

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No one knows, either, when Fort McMurray residents will be allowed into
the city to check on their homes, never mind move back.

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Because this fire is so big, and not being fought at this point in a way
that one could photograph, I am focused more on its aftermath and how it
affected the population.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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