May 4: From the Washington Post today, this article: A Canadian oil-sands town is on fire; 80,000 residents must evacuate.
This quite a scary situation, with the number of people affected jumping significantly each day. As of 3pm today, the entire town – 88,000 were ordered out. Where and how do you handle that many evacuees?
Here is another article, from the HuffPost Canada, on the fire. The photos are quite dramatic. And it looks like a lot of spontaneous offers of help from residents outside the fire zone.
A provincial declaration was issued in early evening.