On 1st May, 2016, a fire patrol crew discovered a 2 hectare blaze near Fort McMurray and immediately swung into action. Despite additional crews and air tanker support, within 3 days 1,600 structures are destroyed and 10,000 hectares were ablaze.
Because of its ferocity, wildfire MWF_009 became known as"The Beast", causing the evacuation of over 90,000 people from the Fort McMurray area.
According to a report by Charles Graeber in Bloomberg Businessweek, the damages bill from this wildfire is estimated at USD6.9 billion.
The Bank of Montreal has forecast insurable losses could exceed $9 billion.
Between 2004 and 2014, over 900 wildfires per year were caused by humans, more than those caused by lightning.
The Alberta government has spent $4.7 billion over the past 10 years in fighting wildfires.
Despite these funding efforts, we are witnessing increasingly devastating wildfires like "The Beast" with catastrophic impacts on Canadian people, communities, flora and fauna and the economy.
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