The wildfire in Alberta, Canada continues to rage on, after destroying over 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of forest and forcing 80,000 people from their homes.
The unusually aggressive fire has been ripping through Fort McMurray, Alberta since early last week. Although reports are saying the fire is slowing its advance, it’s by no means done yet.
"In no way is this fire under control," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told Associated Press.
Canada perhaps isn’t a land you’d associate with wildfires. However, this winter’s unseasonably warm temperatures has left the area’s snowpacks dwindling, while warm and windy weather has further helped vegetation turn tinder-dry. Experts are saying if we are going to continue experiencing warmer winters and earlier springs – as a result of global warming – we can expect more wildfires.
To get a sense of the damage already done and what could be, check out these sobering photos taken on May 6 and 7 in Fort McMurray, Alberta by Scott Olsen. The UrtheCast camera aboard the International Space Station also managed to capture a shot of the scene, which displays the vast scale of the disaster.
All images taken on May 6 and 7 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Image credit: UrtheCast