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. One year after the disaster, 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.
To date, $244 million has already been spent or committed.
- 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.