CRISIS & RECOVERY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FACTS & FIGURES
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS | FACTS & FIGURES
- The heat from the fires was so intense that cast aluminum wheel rims puddled underneath vehicles, fireproof safes burst open, and superheated moisture caused concrete basement foundations to explode.
- By midafternoon on May 15, the sun was completely blocked out by smoke and is not seen again until the following morning.
- The Lesser Slave river wildfires escalated quickly to a level four emergency – the highest possible designation for an environmental disaster.
- At the height of the disaster, there were over 1,500 firefighters, 100 helicopters, 20 air tankers and a fleet of heavy machinery fighting the blaze.
- To restore order and refocus efforts, Tom Sampson, Deputy Chief of CEMA, declares Slave Lake a dry town for the duration of the crisis.
- Though there were no casualties as a direct result of the fires, pilot Jean-Luc Deba tragically lost his life when his helicopter crashed while retrieving water from Slave Lake.
- Additional labour and resource costs incurred during the disaster exceeded $20 million.
- The total anticipated cost of the disaster from insurance claims alone hovers around $700 million.
- 56 homes were destroyed in the MD of Lesser Slave River and an additional 56 structures were heavily damaged.
- In total, more than 400 homes in the region were destroyed, including six apartment complexes.
- 732 families were displaced by the disaster.
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Listen to the personal accounts of those who weathered the fires.
Angeline, Safety Coordinator
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