VIDEO: Escape from Fort McMurray firestorm, how you can help

Harrowing video emerging of the escape from Fort Mac wildfires, how you can contribute to help those left homeless

Fort McMurray fire scene from YouTube video.



More tense video is emerging of residents escaping from Fort McMurray, where wildfires have consumed major neighbourhoods of the city and continue to threaten more communities to the south.

This dash cam video was posted by a resident of the city’s Beacon Hill neighbourhood as encroaching flames forced him to flee his home. (More of his dash cam videos below.)

The fires have so far forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people and caused widespread devastation.

More than 1,600 homes and other buildings in the area are destroyed.

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Aerial footage of fires near Fort McMurray, courtesy Canadian Press.

How to help

Aid agencies, companies and Canadians across the country are meanwhile pledging to assist Albertans who have been displaced or lost their homes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government would match individual contributions to the Canadian Red Cross to assist those affected by the Fort McMurray fire.

People in B.C. wanting to set up a personal crowdfunding campaign can do so through the BlackPress4Good fundraising site.

BlackPress4Good will waive the regular fees (excluding credit card fees) for any personal crowdfunding campaign launched in support of friends or family members affected by the Fort McMurray fires. See blackpress4good.com.

MORE DASH CAM ESCAPE VIDEO (warning: disturbing images, language)

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