Those evacuated from Fort McMurray to Anzac had to pick up and leave once again, after mandatory evacuation orders for Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation were issued at 9 pmWednesday night.
The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo tweeted the notice, adding RCMP would be going door-to-door, and buses were being assembled.
Speaking on Drex Live, 468 First Nation council member Byron Bates said some people weren’t going to leave their community.
“I’m pretty distraught about it, you know… my family members, and they’re not leaving, they wanna fight the fire…”
The Federal Government are also making it easier for people who lost their jobs due to the wildfire to file Employment Insurance claims by issuing a reference code to accelerate any EI applications.
Moving from place to place and camp to camp is also taking its toll.
Chris Byrne works at Rock 97.9 in Fort McMurray and describes the seesaw of emotions from evacuees.
“Once there was word that the Fort McMurray International Airport may have gone up, it was a visible punch in the gut to an entire room of evacuees that I was with yesterday.”
Byrne has been moved from Anzac to Lac La Biche over the course of the fire.
He adds evacuees are now coming to grips that they may not be able to return to what’s left of their homes for another week or two and possibly even longer.
Fort McMurray radio DJ gets his station back on the air.
Chris Byrne got back into Fort McMurray to get his radio station back on the air on May 5, driving through a forest fire to do it.
“Driving through the downtown was like the set of the Walking Dead.”