The wildfire that is devastating large swaths of Fort McMurray, Alberta comes just five years after another blaze destroyed 400 buildings and left two-thousand people homeless in Slave Lake.
The Slave Lake fire started May 15th, 2011, forcing seven-thousand people out of the community after flames whipped by 100-kilometre-an-hour winds destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
Some estimates pegged the damage at up to one-billion dollars, which insurance adjusters estimated at the time made it the second-costliest disaster next to the Quebec-Ontario ice storm of 1998.
No one was hurt, but a fire-fighting helicopter pilot died after crashing on Lesser Slave Lake.
It was later determined that the an arsonist recklessly or deliberately ignited the forest fire that reduced a third of Slave Lake to rubble.
A report into the disaster found Alberta’s forest fire danger had grown to the point where it was beginning to outstrip the province’s ability to respond.
The province delivered almost 300-million dollars in aid, including millions for modular homes for residents who lost everything.
(The Canadian Press)