Canadian Forest Service researcher Brad Pinno discusses forest fires and natural recovery during the Alberta Soils Tour.  |  Barb Glen photo

Researchers learn from ‘The Beast’

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The fire that caused 80,000 people to evacuate their homes and affected the Canadian economy when it reduced oil production got a lot of attention in 2016. It was slightly more than one year ago that residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., fled the flames that destroyed more than 2,500 homes and […] Read more

Turchenek describes layers in a soil sample extracted at Crow Lake Provincial Park. | Barb Glen photo

Soil from the ground down

The 2017 Alberta Soils Tour in the Athabasca region, held May 29-31,  was initially planned for 2016 but postponed because of a major forest fire. About 55 participants visited various sites to examine soil and its components in undisturbed areas, and also to see how different types of soil respond to forest fires, floods and […] Read more

Homes destroyed by fire have been demolished and new construction is underway, while the surrounding countryside is beginning to rebound with the abundance of moisture.  |  Barb Glen photo

Flames extinguished, but return re-ignites pain

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — When the residents of Fort McMurray fled the ravages of a wildfire last spring, they didn’t know that re-entering their burned city would be even more difficult. Jordan Redshaw, communications manager for the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo, found that to be true. He was on the emergency response team and […] Read more

A raging wildfire consumes the forest next to Highway 63 twenty four kilometres south of Fort McMurray Saturday, May 7, 2016. The

Glacier donates $50,000 to Fort Mac relief efforts

The company that owns The Western Producer, Glacier Media, and The JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group are donating $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to bolster relief efforts in the wake of the massive wildfire that’s devastated Fort McMurray, Alberta. The donation is also on behalf of other individual Glacier business units, which will undertake their own […] Read more

A Mountie surveys the damage on a street in Fort McMurray. | Photo courtesy @RCMPAlberta via Twitter

UPDATED: Fort McMurray fire continues to grow

UPDATED:  May 6, 2016 – 1500 CST The Fort McMurray fire continues to burn out of control today and covers an area of about 250,000 acres. Strong winds are moving the fire to the southeast of the city and into the forest. The province is offering financial assistance of $1,250 per adult and $500 per […] Read more