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Early last week, the most destructive in Canada’s history took spark in Fort McMurray. Fort McCoy WildfiresAlberta Premier Rachel Notley reports that the fire has grown to nearly 400,000 acres and has condemned approximately 2400 structures. All of the city’s residents have evacuated the area.

According to officials, the only way to completely put out the flames would be to receive a days-long rain, which is not in the forecast. However, the cooler weather conditions are favorable because the fires are not growing. Many say that the fire could burn for months.

More than 500 firefighters are currently fighting the flames, alongside 15 helicopters, 14 air tanks and 88 other pieces of equipment. The Lions of Canada are working with government officials to assess the current situation and develop a natural disaster response plan.

Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) has also approved a $100,000 major catastrophe grant to help Canadian Lions provide much-needed assistance to help put out the fires.

At present, there is no timeline in place as to when the 80,000+ residents will be able to return to their homes. Volunteers and government personnel worked tirelessly to contain their fire and get people back into their homes, but they still need our help.

By donating to LCIF, you are giving our organization the opportunity to take immediate action and provide major assistance. Sadly, this is the third serious natural disaster to occur over the course of the last three weeks. Lions Club International Foundation has been able to provide support to all of the victims involved in the Japan and Ecuador earthquakes, as well as the Fort McMurray residents.

At Lions Pride, our thoughts and prayers are with both the victims and all the firefighters involved with the Alberta wildfires. We wish them all the strength they need to overcome this destructive obstacle. We hope you’ll also consider assisting them in any way you can.

Thank you for your support.