The wildfire that destroyed about 10 percent, or 2,400, of the homes and buildings in Fort McMurray, Alberta, continues to churn its way through the dense, dry boreal forests outside the city. The fire scorched its way across the city with the capriciousness of a tornado, reducing some homes to charcoal while neighboring homes appear untouched.

The fire has burned more than 200,000 hectares, or about 770 square miles. This is equal to about twice the size of Dallas, Texas. It is likely to rank as the costliest wildfire in Canada’s history, and among the most expensive natural disasters of any kind in the country as well. Read more…

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Striking satellite images show Fort McMurray before and after wildfire