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Fort McMurray Fire: How To Help Those Affected

05/04/2016 09:16 EDT | Updated 05/05/2016 06:59 EDT

A monstrous wildfire has forced 80,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray, Alta. Several have lost their homes and belongings to the fire, while others even left behind their pets as they escaped under a mandatory evacuation order.

Here are some of the ways to help those affected:

Donate money online:

Emergency shelter:

  • Airbnb has activated its Disaster Response Tool to help provide free shelter until May 21. Residents in nearby areas can list their properties on the website.
  • Those able to provide accommodations can also sign up on website YMMfire.ca.

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An Alberta woman packs care packages for evacuees of the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray, Alta., May 4, 2016. (Photo: Codie McLachlan/CP)

Displaced pets:

Social media efforts:

  • Facebook group Fort Mac Fire Donations is crowdsourcing donations for items such as toiletries, socks and pillows, as needed.
  • On Twitter, people are offering help through hashtags such as #ymmfire and #ymmhelps

With files from The Canadian Press

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