Fort McMurray Wildfire News

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...

Hanna Fridhed uses writing and art to cope with the loss of her home in the Fort McMurray wildfire in May 2016.

Fort McMurray residents coping through artistic expression

By Chris Vandenbreekel May 2, 2017 - 6:57pm Updated: May 3, 2017 - 9:32am

It's been one year since a wildfire ravaged parts of Fort McMurray, Alberta. but many residents are still struggling with recovery.   Thousands of people lost their homes in...

Residents were able to return home to Fort McMurray's Abasand neighbourhood four months after the province blocked access to the badly damaged area.

Fort McMurray residents return to hardest-hit neighbourhoods

By Chris Vandenbreekel August 31, 2016 - 4:50pm Updated: August 31, 2016 - 5:00pm

Residents of Fort McMurray took another step towards normalcy Wednesday as 439 homes were released from the wildfire restricted zones.

The "green homes" were cleared by...

The Walk for Fort McMurray team receives donated shoes at the Brainsport running store in Saskatoon on Jun. 3, 2016.

Ontario man reaches Saskatoon in trek to Fort McMurray

By 650 CKOM June 3, 2016 - 2:59pm Updated: June 3, 2016 - 3:00pm

A man pushing himself to do a walk of over 2000 kilometres in support of Fort McMurray stopped in Saskatoon on Friday.   Stanley Barkman said he was shocked at the images he...

Stock photo of Saskatchewan crews battling wildfires.

Wind pushes Fort McMurray wildfire smoke away from Saskatchewan

By 980 CJME May 20, 2016 - 12:41pm Updated: May 20, 2016 - 12:41pm

The weather is helping to contain the wildfires burning in Saskatchewan and push smoke back toward Alberta.

As of Friday, there were six wildfires burning in the...

Smoke rises from the Fort McMurray wildfire on May 4, 2016

Fort McMurray wildfire reaches Saskatchewan border

By 980 CJME May 19, 2016 - 8:50am Updated: May 19, 2016 - 1:00pm

The beast is right at Saskatchewan's door.

The growing Alberta wildfire that prompted the entire community of Fort McMurray has reached the border. However, Duane McKay...

Crews battled hundreds of wildfires in Saskatchewan in the summer of 2015.

Saskatchewan ready for Fort McMurray wildfire to reach border

By 980 CJME May 18, 2016 - 6:33am Updated: May 18, 2016 - 1:56pm

Saskatchewan is ready for when the Fort McMurray wildfire reaches the province's border.

On Monday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said that the wildfire had grown to...

Some of the damage from the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Special cabinet committee set up to deal with Fort McMurray fire

By Alex Docking May 13, 2016 - 4:38pm Updated: May 13, 2016 - 4:38pm

Federal Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale said a special cabinet committee is now established solely to deal with the aftermath of the devastating Fort McMurray fire.

Canadian alternative band Lowest of the Low will play Casino Regina.

Concert at Casino Regina to raise funds for Alberta Red Cross

By 980 CJME May 13, 2016 - 3:27pm Updated: May 16, 2016 - 8:25am

For music fans looking to rock out on Friday night, the Casino Regina is holding a benefit concert for Fort McMurray.

Canadian alternative rock band Lowest of the Low is...

The kids of Barb McNaughton’s Grade 3 class at Notre Dame Catholic School.

North Battleford children collecting toys to help Fort McMurray kids be 'happy again'

By Geoff Smith May 11, 2016 - 9:49am Updated: May 11, 2016 - 9:49am

As relief agencies work to provide for the nearly 90,000 Fort McMurray evacuees, kids of Barb McNaughton’s Grade 3 class at Notre Dame Catholic School in North Battleford felt...

Draven, Brenda and Brooklyn Muir are staying with family in Regina after being evacuated from Fort McMurray.

Evacuated Fort McMurray family finds comfort with family in Regina

By Adriana Christianson May 11, 2016 - 7:01am Updated: May 11, 2016 - 7:01am

They don’t know when they will get to see their home again, but a family from Fort McMurray is taking comfort in each other as they stay with relatives in Regina.

As she...

Fort McMurray couple seek evacuee network in Saskatchewan

By Lasia Kretzel May 10, 2016 - 6:23pm Updated: May 11, 2016 - 8:16am

A Fort McMurray couple who fled to Saskatchewan amid the ongoing wildfires want to connect with other evacuees in the province to share resources and support.