As wildfires continue to burn across Alberta, Samaritan’s Purse is sending recovery supplies to help evacuated residents return home.
Nearly 20,000 people have been forced to flee the fires since the beginning of May, but recent rainy weather is now allowing evacuation orders to lift in some regions.
“People are coming back to their communities, uncertain of what they will find,” said Brent Davis, disaster response director for Samaritan’s Purse Canada. “Some have had their properties severely damaged or destroyed by flames. Others are returning to houses saturated with smoke and ashes.”
With your support, we are distributing 100 heavy-duty cleaning kits to help residents of East Prairie Metis Settlement, Alberta, clean their homes contaminated by fire. Samaritan’s Purse teams are also on the ground, working with several First Nation and Metis communities, including Fox Lake, to provide cleanup and recovery support as evacuation orders lift.
Please continue praying for Albertans facing this terrible and early wildfire season. Please also thank God for the rain and remember the firefighters battling the blazes and our teams moving to share God’s love and help families return home.
Additional relief teams and equipment, including our Disaster Relief Unit tractor trailers—are on standby to respond further. As we coordinate with local and provincial authorities, you can keep checking this page for updates.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2)
Help Samaritan's Purse respond quickly to victims of disasters within Canada, providing not only physical assistance as people clean up and rebuild after floods, fires, and other disasters, but also emotional and spiritual support in the aftermath of tragedy.