Fort McMurray is currently a hellscape. The town has been devastated by wildfires that erupted earlier this week in northern Alberta, Canada, which declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. Nearly 90,000 people are displaced after a sweeping mandatory evacuation. Now, they’ve been forced to relocate again, as the fire has spread to a nearby emergency shelter where citizens were taking refuge. Early estimates claim at least 1,600 homes are destroyed, a number sure to grow as the full extent of the damage becomes clear. That’s a lot of garages.
Eventually, these people will all need new cars. New houses, new lives. But, more immediately, they need food, clothing, diapers, blankets, and shelter. Canada's federal government is now matching all contributions to the Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Alberta. Click here to donate.