Canadians across the country have banded together in support of the residents of Fort McMurray as they deal with the after-effects of a massive wildfire that has devastated the community and left thousands homeless.
Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden also voiced her support in a May 5th statement posted to the Resort Municipality of Whistler's website.
The statement in full is posted below:
"On behalf of the community of Whistler, British Columbia I would like to express our thoughts and support for the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta as they cope with the devastation and trauma caused by wildfires.
I would also like to acknowledge the many people who are involved in managing this extreme situation from first responders and municipal employees, to those helping with emergency shelter and relief efforts.
This is a tragic event and our hearts are with everyone affected.
For those who want to contribute to the emergency efforts, the Red Cross is accepting donations. The Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta have both announced that they will be matching Red Cross donations."
The wildfire is expected to grow even larger on Saturday, May 7, with officials saying it could stretch to 2,000 square kilometres by day's end.
The fire has destroyed more than 1,600 homes and buildings since it broke out five days ago, forcing 80,000 people to evacuate the city.
Canadians have so far donated more than $30 million to relief efforts — a figure that will be matched by both the federal and Alberta provincial governments.