Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Premier Says Report on Fort McMurray Wildfire Response Is Imminent

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Premier Says Report on Fort McMurray Wildfire Response Is Imminent

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Report on Fort McMurray wildfire imminent: Notley

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EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the legislature Thursday that two independent reports into the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire are imminent, but the Opposition Wildrose party was still calling for a judge-led public inquiry.

The fire in May 2016 forced out more than 80,000 people for a month and damaged or destroyed hundreds of structures. It's estimated that the total payout in insurance claims will be at least $3.8 billion.

Notley said it makes no sense to call for an inquiry at least until Albertans can assess the findings of the two reports.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said a public inquiry would ensure nothing is held back. He also said he has first-hand information about negligence during the response, but added he wouldn't reveal it for fear of compromising any inquiry. …

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