Neighbouring communities of Fort McMurray have opened their doors to take evacuated residents in.
“I’ve grown up here, and we didn’t expect this. But we were prepared.”
The emotions of the last 24 hours has been as evident as the devastation.
The Fort McKay Metis Community is a 45-minute drive north of Fort McMurray; a safe haven for any of the 58,000 people evacuated.
So far nine families, some with single parents, have been taken in, with room for plenty more.
Lauretta Waquan with the community says she’s never experienced anything like it.
“It is very emotional. I was with a family here yesterday and they have nothing. They lost their home, and it’s a family of eight. There’s no words that can explain any of this.”
Waquan says their doors are still open and will be open for as long as they need to be.