In early May 2016, a wildfire tore through Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroying neighbourhoods and threatening an entire community. More than 80,000 people fled through smoke and fire to reach safety.
In the largest wildfire evacuation in the province’s history, many residents left with almost nothing and some with nowhere to go.
Red Cross response
Thanks to the outpouring of generosity from across Canada and around the world, the Canadian Red Cross is providing vital assistance to the people of Fort McMurray. Six months on, the Red Cross is reaching out to individuals, governments, community groups and corporate partners to say thank you for the lasting impact they have had and continue to have on the lives of those affected.
The Red Cross is giving people the individual attention and support they need along their road to recovery. In Red Cross offices in Fort McMurray and across the country, our dedicated staff and volunteers continue meeting with individuals and families each and every day, listening to their needs and finding ways to help.
To date, $178 million has already been spent to directly assist those impacted by the fires.
- Click here for an infographic that outlines Red Cross funds to date
Canadian Red Cross is committed to providing information on our operations and on how donations are being spent. As our work in Alberta continues, regular donor updates will be made available here.
Families and individuals who have been affected by the Alberta fires
News from Alberta
June 02: Canadian Red Cross supports Fort McMurray and area community initiatives with $50 million
May 30: Red Cross announces $40 million to support Alberta wildfire evacuees as they return home
May 21: Evacuated twice but spirits still high
May 14: "They're so helpful, it's just crazy" - Alberta fire evacuees share experience
May 11: Canadian Red Cross to give Alberta fire evacuees $50 million in immediate financial assistance
May 04: Canadian Red Cross responds to fires in Alberta