Posted on 05/03/2017 | About Fort McMurray, Alberta

It was one year ago today that residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta found themselves grabbing their loved ones and most prized possessions and fleeing the city when a wildfire roared in and burned 10 percent of its buildings.

The fire that started deep in the bush May 1st exploded into a ferocious beast two days later and forced a month-long evacuation of the entire city.

The flames consumed about 26-hundred dwelling units.

The municipality says as of last week, 652 rebuild permits have been approved and almost three-dozen families had moved into new homes by early last month.

A low-key, dawn-to-dusk event is planned at a riverfront park to mark the one-year anniversary.