Received the following early this morning from Tim who has guest blogged here at Brutally Honest in the past:
I wonder if you might post this news item on your blog and ask for prayers? The town of Slave Lake is only 250 kms north of Edmonton and many people in this city have family and friends there. I myself led a couple of workshops at the ecumenical church there back in the 1990s. It seems that hundreds of buildings have been burned down and there is no sign yet that the fire is anywhere close to being under control.
Details from the Globe and Mail:
The damage is catastrophic. Hundreds of homes, churches and businesses in the northern Alberta town have been destroyed. So too has the town hall and radio station. The power’s out, cell phone service has been spotty, and 7,000 residents have been forced to flee through a single road, the only highway open as fires rage on all sides.
As dusk fell Sunday, fires continued to burn within the city and around it. Fire crews had little control – they’d managed to save the south part of the town, but remained at the mercy of strong winds, gusting up to 100 km/h.
“It’s extremely devastating, our loss. It’s difficult to articulate,” Slave Lake Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee said late Sunday, adding: “A lot of things we’re battling now.”
Prayers from south of the border Tim...