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Alberta Forestry wildfire experts are at the mercy of the weather when forest fires burn out of control. The Fort McMurray blaze that at first seemed manageable turned into a raging inferno bearing down on the city in less than an hour. Here a rundown of how a destructive fire wound its way into northern Alberta largest municipality, and the events that followed. Sunday, May 1

When the wildfire that would eventually engulf Fort McMurray was discovered by fire crews on patrol Sunday afternoon. It was just two hectares in size. They immediately jumped on the blaze. Within a couple of hours, four air tankers had also been deployed. just two hours after it was found it had grown to 60 hectares. Sunday

Wood Buffalo emergency measures department says the south end fire is moving east and tells people in the Centennial Park Campground, on the west side of Highway 63, to leave their trailers. The municipality warns residents in the Beacon Hill and Gregoire neighbourhoods to be prepared to leave on short notice. An evacuation centre opens on MacDonald Island in the centre of the city. The 120 hectare fire is 4.8 kilometres west of Gregoire, on the west side of the Hangingstone River. Sunday

Mayor Melissa Blake declares a local state of emergency in Gregoire and issues a mandatory evacuation order for at least 500 people in Centennial Park, the Prairie Creek area south of Airport Road, and Gregoire. Monday,
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May 2

The fire reaches 1.2 km west of Highway 63 and Airport Road. It has not yet crossed the Hangingstone River. Monday

The mandatory evacuation order for Gregoire is lifted to a in place order. Monday

The mandatory evacuation order for Prairie Creek is lifted to a in place order. Firefighters and heavy equipment hold the fire 1.2 km west of Highway 63. The blaze grows to 1,250 hectares by the end of the day. Tuesday, May 3

Although firefighters on the east edge of the fire hold the line, the blaze grows substantially to the west and is 2,656 hectares.

Noon Tuesday

Fort McMurray Fire Chief Darby Allen says the fire has crossed the Athabasca River toward the northwest part of town. Tuesday

People living in Abasand, Grayling Terrace and Beacon Hill receive mandatory evacuation notices. Residents living south of Thickwood Boulevard between Real Martin Drive and Thicket Drive in the Ross Haven neighbourhood, west of the Athabasca River, are told to be ready to leave with 30 minutes notice. Tuesday

The fire reaches the city. Mobile homes in Centennial Park and houses in Abasand begin to burn. Thickwood is under a mandatory evacuation notice. Tuesday

The shelter in MacDonald Island Park is evacuated.

All of Fort McMurray is put under a mandatory evacuation order. People leaving share pictures on social media of the Super 8 hotel and Denny restaurant near Beacon Hill ablaze. People begin to flee to oilsands camps in the north and other communities in the south on Highway 63, the only major road through Fort McMurray.
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It has been a bit since I promised to start my personal hiking gear reviews. So here is the first one.

I started with the pair on the left at Amicola Falls, Georgia which is the 8.5 mile approach trail to the top of Springer Mountian, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Another way to purchase it at an even better price is to be gainfully employeed by this awesome outfitter. I chose the latter. As a matter of fact I believe that 99% of my paycheck was spent back at the store for my gear. I had fun.

My first pair was sized in my normal proper fit. I spent a couple months breaking them in gently. The leather is very stiff and sturdy requiring proper breakin time to prevent sore feet. This is a good time for my disclaimer. I am not a professional, or paid actor or claim to have special knowledge in hiking gear. The opinions written hear are from my own experience and what worked for me and what didn Always check the manufactures specifications for details and claims. After the boots were worn in, they became very malable and extremely comfy. I used a beeswax, also sold at Beans to pretreat before the first wearing and then to keep them looking new.

I got many strange looks as I ventured out at the start of my hike with such a heavy shoe. I would receive such comments as, those must weigh a ton! And they hot? Yes, they were heavy and yes, they were warm and my feet did sweat. But I paired them with heavy smartwool socks which wicked away the moisture helping to keep my feet dry. In the beginning it was raining and even snowy making the trail a mess so my feet would have been wet either way. At least this way they were warm and wet instead of cold and wet. The Cresta hiker with its leather and Gortex lining kept the elements out. The other important advantage to the ankle high boot was the stability it provided my ankles. Countless times over the 2189.2 miles I would roll my ankle and this boot I know was the reason serious injury did not occur. Well, that and my methodical and cautious pace. But after 164.7 miles, at Fontana Dam, North Carolina I switched out my boots for a pair of Salomon Gortex Hiking shoes. My change did not come because I did not like my Cresta but because I failed to heed the advice of previous hikers that said I should purchase boots larger then what I normally need. My feet were too cramped in this size. My practice hikes of less then 10 miles we fine but long days on various terrain day after day had my feet screaming in pain with a few blisters and metatarsal pain. So I said good bye to my once comfy Cresta Hikers.

At Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, mile 1,277.8 my feet were still screaming. I wore out 2 pair of Solomon hikers and was trying a pair of Keen boots. I had the Keens for about 3 weeks. All these were slightly larger then my normal size but none of them were providing the level of comfort and stability my feet needed. The Salomons were too thin and I could feel every pointy rock under my feet as well as rocks I grazed along the sides of my feet. The Keens just plain hurt all over. This time in a much larger size. I went from a 7.5wide ladies to an 8wide in men It wasn that my foot was swollen or had spread. My feet just needed some wiggle room. I treated them with the beeswax and off I was the next day with my brand new, out of the box, stiff leather boots. Breaking them in gently was not an option. New pains developed and I had to make modifications for the next three weeks but it was still better then the sneaker hiker shoes. When others complained about the rain and mud, I had dry clean feet, even in the hottest weather. I would rest and air them on dry days and would be good to go. On rainy days and muddy and wet sections my feet stayed dried and clean as the boots kept out Mother Nature and her elements.

I wore the second pair of boots through to my summit and back down. Over 920 miles. I wore those out. They will become a plant holder in my house. The first pair are still in great shape and now that my hikes are short they still serve me well. I did pair my Crestas with Dr. Scholl athletic inserts when the original inserts wore out which was pretty fast. I highly recommend a stronger and sturdier hiking boot for your next adventure, your knees and feet will thank you.
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