A report on the Horse River Wood Buffalo wildfire commissioned by the Alberta government was just leaked to the CBC. NDP had this report since March and sat on it, trying to let the clock tick down on the legislature session until they got to summer break so they wouldn't be held responsible for what was in the report.
The report makes clear there were no air tankers stationed in Fort McMurray on the day the fire was spotted. It found that bulldozer crews were not deployed with enough time after the fire started to build berms and contingency lines to keep the fire at bay.
But the scariest part of the report shows chaos and a total communications breakdown between the provincial government and the municipal disaster response team to the point where people could have been killed.
“By late morning on May 3, the Agriculture and Forestry Operations Chief realized the wildfire was beyond the ability of firefighting resources and would run into Fort McMurray that afternoon.”
The Agriculture and Forestry Ops chief is the Alberta government's operations chief for the fire.
“On the municipal side of the incident, another Operations Chief was deployed to the Regional emergency operations center. Rather than learning about the wildfire’s imminent incursion into Fort McMurray through the Incident command system structure, the RMWB Operations Chief discovered the wildfire was in the community through public reports over social media.”
Unbelievable. The province knew in the morning the fire would breach town but the RMWB Operations Chief only found out in the afternoon that the fire was already in town through Facebook or Twitter. Only then an evacuation was ordered, at 4:20 pm on May 3, a full 5 or 6 hours after the province became aware of the impending disaster.
Kids were at school. Parents were at work Pets were abandoned. Instead of an orderly evacuation that would take all day, Fort McMurray had to be evacuated in what seemed like minutes.
The NDP have politicized this report by trying to hide it. They used the tragedy of an entire Alberta city for their own political expediency. Fort Mac wanted answers but they weren't ever going to get them because the answers would hurt the NDP.
I’m staying on this story like I have since the very beginning because I have so much more to tell you. There is one more report, one from the RMWB that has some shocking findings too.
Look at this from the press conference the NFP were forced to hold