The Métis National Council sends condolences to all of the people in Slave Lake, Alberta who have been affected by the recent fires which have destroyed much of the town and forced residents to evacuate. To the many Métis in Slave Lake and its surrounding areas, please be assured that the Métis Nation is standing behind you and is thinking of you during this difficult time.
Helicopter water bomber drops a load of water on a spot fire near Slave Lake, Alberta May 17, 2011. Wildfires whipped by high winds destroyed more than a third of the sizable town in northern Alberta on Monday and forced oil companies in Canada’s largest energy-producing province to shut off tens of thousands of barrels of output. About 100 wildfires are burning in Alberta, spurred by warm temperatures and gusting winds, with 23 considered out of control in a fire season unlike any seen before.
Photograph by: Todd Korol, Reuters