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Fort McMurray,

former city, now part of the regional municipality of Wood BuffaloWood Buffalo,
regional municipality (2011 pop. 65,565), 24,571 sq mi (63,637 sq km), NE Alta., Canada, inc. 1995. Formed by Fort McMurray's amalgamation with Improvement District No.
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, NE Alta., Canada. Originally a fur-trading post on the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers, Fort McMurray was a town of 1,200 when mining of Alberta's oil sands began in 1964. In 1995 the city of Fort McMurray was amalgamated with the vastly larger but sparsely populated surrounding rural area to create Wood Buffalo. It is an important river port and transshipment point for the Northwest Territories. In 2016 a massive wildfire forced the evacation of Fort McMurray and neighboring areas, and destroyed about one tenth of all buildings.
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The Fort McMurray wildfire broke out in May 2016 in Alberta and brought about the largest wildfire evacuation in the province's history, with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes.
According to Robert Beekhuizen, chief executive officer of AMI, "With the scheduled closure of the Province of Alberta's Susan Lake Public Gravel Pit after 20 years of operation, by the end of March this year, we recognize the strategic importance that the Province's Coffey Lake Pit represents to sustain aggregate supply in the Fort McMurray region for the next 15 years."
On May 6, 2016, as the fire ripped through the city on its third day, PWRDF announced an initial grant of $15,000 to the diocese of Athabasca, which includes Fort McMurray.
The unit at River City Centre on Franklin Avenue was the first of the outlets to reopen--on June 1--after store teams in Fort McMurray worked closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure that products met all quality standards.
While she was expected to start at her new church in Ontario, she did request a delay to return to Fort McMurray. The situation in Alberta was not conducive to her prompt return to provide pastoral care to her congregation of eight years.
The Fort McMurray wildfire charred more than 1.43 million acres of land and destroyed at least 10% of the city, including more than 2,400 homes, businesses and other structures.
This is in response to the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Parkland that started a matching campaign for all personal donations made by employees to the Canadian Red Cross.
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