WATCH ABOVE: One year ago today over 80,000 people were ordered to flee Fort McMurray due to a raging wildfire. A lot has changed since then. Here’s a look at Fort McMurray then and now.
Fire fighters in Fort McMurray are more prepared than ever before after fighting off the worst wildfire in Canadian history last year.
Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Jody Butz said that fight came with experience and a new attitude.
“We just went through the worst thing that we could ever go through. That builds confidence. We’re still here. We survived. There’s an ancient proverb that I like to use: Struggle and emerge. There is no other choice. You have to just roll up your sleeves and continue on,” said Butz.
“We’ve stuck together and through that perseverance and that experience I know we’re stronger than ever. We’ll continue to stick together and provide that service for this community.”
Fire fighters and first responders hope the weather gives them the advantage this year.
“Mother nature and the environment is much different; we’re cooling and we’re damper, as compared to last year. The other thing that’s important to note, and if you look around, the hazard has changed.”
Butz says a lot of the trees and scenery are gone and that means fires will have a worse chance of crossing into areas that were devastated last year.