"It's been the worst day of my career," fire chief Darby Allen told CBC News.
"It's a nasty, ugly fire and it hasn't shown any forgiveness."Earlier in the day, mandatory evacuation orders were in effect for 10 neighbourhoods in the area, while people in others had been told to be ready to leave on 30 minutes' notice.
The main highway connecting the city of more than 60,000 people was clogged with evacuees as the fire that began Sunday roared into the city's downtown.
Flames have destroyed homes as well as a trailer park.
On Wednesday, in the midst of tweeting about relief efforts and advocating a faster military response to the disaster, Fletcher explained why she isn’t using the fire as a soapbox.
“I am against pipelines and the tarsands, but what is happening in Fort Mac is a purely human tragedy.
#Fort Mc Murray #Fire.” Of course, he/she declined an offer to be interviewed under his/her real name, because that would require courage of conviction, and not just the shelter of mom’s basement.
That’s not to say there shouldn’t be debate about climate change — it’s just that right now, when thousands of people are going through the worst moment of their lives, using the disaster for political gain is a scumbag move.
For a few minutes on Tuesday night, Moffatt was public enemy #1, after he tweeted “Karmic #climatechange fire burns Canadian oilsands city” to his followers.
Instant outcry saw the Taber town official and former Lethbridge NDP candidate quickly hit delete, replacing it with sympathy for the city instead — and yet, because the internet doesn’t forget, the old tweet was still trending on Wednesday, as abuse continued to pile on its author.
But on Tuesday, as some cretins used mass misery opportunism, she used her considerable online klout via @Flet Jan to tell them off.
“Those of us opposed to #tarsands need to hold off on judgmental comments re #yymfire, focus on people whose lives are being torn apart,” she tweeted.
"I want to thank the emergency service workers who are working in a very dedicated way under difficult circumstances right now," she said, adding that she plans visit to Fort Mc Murray on Wednesday if conditions improve.