“Albertans have long known the people of Fort McMurray are as caring and resilient as they come — the evacuation proved that to the world," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said in a statement today.
“This past year has not been easy for the women, men and families of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo. They bear the memories of those anxious days and still face many challenges in rebuilding their lives.
The fire started deep in the bush on May 1 of last year and exploded into a ferocious blaze that forced the evacuation of the entire city two days later. It was dubbed "The Beast" because it was so fierce and unpredictable.
The flames were extinguished long ago, but Fort McMurray has just begun to rise from the ashes. Here is a look at the rebuild by the numbers:
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