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Sometimes it takes a little perspective to see how big something is.

The fire in Fort McMurray now spans over 100,000 hectares. That’s from Sidney to Victoria, Langford to Sooke, Colwood to Duncan. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this devastating fire. Here’s some things you can do to help our friends in Fort McMurray.

Money: Click here to donate to the Red Cross. You can also donate $5 by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333. The Alberta and federal governments have said they’ll match private donations to the Red Cross.

Supplies: Here’s a crowdsourced Facebook page to connect Fort McMurray residents needing items with volunteers providing them.

Supplies for Pets: Donations of food and shelter and kennels to pets displaced by the fires can be made to the Calgary Humane society or SPCA.

Shelter: Airbnb has waived its service fees for those affected by the disaster. Here’s where you can check in to offer or seek accommodation.

Volunteers: Those interested in volunteering through the regional municipality can apply here.

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