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650 CKOM reporter Chris Vandenbreekel was in Fort McMurray when the wildfire forced the city's evacuation on May 3, 2016.

Chris Vandenbreekel: remembering the wildfire

By Chris Vandenbreekel May 3, 2017 - 11:19am Updated: May 3, 2017 - 11:35am

The following radio essay is written by 650 CKOM reporter Chris Vandenbreekel, who worked as a news director in Fort McMurray during the 2016 wildfire.

Being a news...

A screenshot from a video posted to Facebook of the Syncrude fire on March 14, 2017.

Syncrude responding to fire at upgrader at oilsands site in northern Alta.

By The Canadian Press March 14, 2017 - 4:30pm Updated: March 14, 2017 - 10:20pm

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — One worker was injured in an explosion and fire at a Syncrude Canada oilsands site in northern Alberta on Tuesday.

By the evening, Syncrude had...

Fort McMurray apartment fire, June 6, 2016

Crews battle fire in Fort McMurray apartment building

By The Canadian Press June 7, 2016 - 11:06am Updated: June 7, 2016 - 11:06am

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Crews fought a large fire Monday night that ripped through an apartment building in downtown Fort McMurray.

Bob Couture, a spokesman for the...

Refugees serve up food to fundraise for Fort McMurray evacuees.

Saskatoon Syrian refugees fundraise for Fort McMurray evacuees

By Lasia Kretzel May 16, 2016 - 6:51pm Updated: May 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Mohamad Alhalal knows first hand what it's like to pack up his life in a hurry and flee his home.

When the Syrian refugee heard about those in Fort McMurray who were...

Officers sort through debris in Fort McMurray, May 7, 2016

Fort McMurray's rebuild to have positive economic impact: analyst

By Sarah Mills May 10, 2016 - 11:31am Updated: May 10, 2016 - 11:31am

The Fort McMurray wildfire has hit right at the foot of Canada's oilsands.   CJME business analyst Paul Martin believes the wildfires will have an impact on oil production in...

Russell Thomas's portrait of Fort McMurray regional fire chief Darby Allen.

Fort McMurray artist's portait to raise funds for community support

By 980 CJME May 10, 2016 - 10:55am Updated: May 10, 2016 - 10:55am

An artist who was forced to evacuate from his home in Fort McMurray is using a portrait he did of the regional fire chief to make sure people in the community have support when...

Aftermath of the 2011 fire in Slave Lake

Slave Lake mayor says recovery possible after fire disaster

By 650 CKOM May 7, 2016 - 8:51am Updated: May 9, 2016 - 7:25am

The mayor of Slave Lake is offering words of encouragement to evacuees in the wake of the wildfire in Fort McMurray.

Slave Lake saw hundreds of millions of dollars in...

Saskatoon artists join forces to raise funds for Fort McMurray

By May 7, 2016 - 8:28am Updated: May 9, 2016 - 7:27am

A group of Saskatoon artists will join forces Saturday to raise funds to support the families of Fort McMurray.

"We've got around 100 paintings. They're all originals....

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Couple watches Fort McMurray home burn on security camera app

By 650 CKOM May 6, 2016 - 1:58pm Updated: May 9, 2016 - 7:45am

James O’Reilly and his wife were among the tens of thousands of people who had to evacuate Fort McMurray this week in the face of a massive wildfire bearing down on the city....

A Fort McMurray neighbourhood which was destroyed by the wildfire, May 5, 2016.

Stories of evacuees inspire donations to the Saskatchewan Day of Caring for Fort McMurray

By Adriana Christianson May 6, 2016 - 7:07am Updated: May 6, 2016 - 7:08am

More than 80,000 people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities and the wildfire continues to burn.

Many people have no idea when they...

Saskatchewan Day of Caring for Fort McMurray.

Saskatchewan Day of Caring for Fort McMurray raises $747,618

By 980 CJME May 4, 2016 - 5:01pm Updated: May 6, 2016 - 9:23am

The generous spirit of Saskatchewan people came shining through on Thursday as the Saskatchewan Day of Caring for Fort McMurray raised $$747,618.

As the Alberta wildfire...

An areal view of Fort McMurray surrounded by wildfire taken Wednesday May 4, 2016.

Saskatchewan offers aid to combat Fort McMurray wildfire

By Sarah Mills, Lasia Kretzel May 4, 2016 - 4:42pm Updated: May 5, 2016 - 8:57am

The Saskatchewan government has yet to receive an official request from neighbouring Alberta as of Wednesday to help combat the wildfire that struck the northern city of Fort...