Costliest Disaster in Canadian History

On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Albertan history. It continued to spread across northern Alberta and into Saskatchewan, consuming forested areas and impacting Athabasca oil sands operations. The fire spread across approximately 590,000 hectares (1,500,000 acres) before it was declared to be under control on July 5, 2016. It is the costliest ($3.58 billion) disaster in Canadian history.

The Red Cross is working in close collaboration with the Wood Buffalo region and the Government of Alberta, as well as First Nations and local community organizations to support families and individuals as they recover from the fires. .