Wildfires menacing Fort McMurray for the past two weeks have carved a new path of destruction, levelling an oilsands work camp to the north.
Two others were still under threat as of Tuesday night.
As for the town of Fort Mac itself, the process of restoring natural gas was dealt a setback when a home in a work zone blew up early Tuesday, destroying the house and damaging six others beside it.
The wildfire has grown to more than 35-hundred square kilometres as it nears the Saskatchewan border.
Rain is in the forecast, but officials doubt it will be enough to slow down the surge of flames.
In the meantime, a northern Ontario First Nation in crisis over suicide attempts among its youth is sending five-thousand dollars to Alberta to help those displaced by wildfires in Fort McMurray.
The Canadian Red Cross announced on Twitter last night to say the chief of Attawapiskat had presented the community’s donation to Alberta fire relief.
The First Nation’s chief says, “We want to help.”
(The Canadian Press)