Couple forced to flee Alberta wildfires - Kilmacrennan man describes the scenes

Brendan Robinson from Donegal caught up in Alberta fire drama

Couple forced to flee Alberta wildfires - Kilmacrennan man describes the scenes

In Monday's Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press we report on how a Donegal man described apocalyptic scenes of buildings reduced to ash and skies filled with flames and smoke, as he and his fiancée fled the wildfires that have engulfed Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Wildfires swept through more than 100,000 hectares last week, leaving communities devastated.

“It will be a miracle if our home’s still standing when we go back in there,” Brendan Robinson, 28, of Kilmacrennan said, speaking from Bonnyville, nearly 280km south of Fort McMurray in Canada.

Brendan, his fiancée, Catharine Joyce of Fort McMurray, Catharine’s brother Sean and Brendan’s cousin Shaun Robinson of Kilmacrennan, were among the thousands forced to flee Fort McMurray last week, when the town of 88,000 was evacuated in the face of the fires that continue to blaze out of control

Pictured are: Brendan Robinson, Kilmacrennan and his fiancée, Catharine Joyce among thousands forced to flee wildfires in Alberta, Canada.

* For more on this story see Monday's Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press.