Ghostly Images Show The Aftermath Of Canadas Devastating Wildfire

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The wildfire in Alberta, Canadacontinues to rage on, after destroying over 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of forest and forcing 80,000 people fromtheir 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, its by no means done yet.

“In no way is this fire under control,” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told Associated Press.

Canada perhaps isnt a land youd associatewith wildfires. However, this winters unseasonably warm temperatures has left the areas 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 7in Fort McMurray, Alberta by Scott Olsen. TheUrtheCast 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 and7 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Credit:Scott Olson/Getty Images

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