6 May 2016

There's nothing to go back to

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:35 pm on 6 May 2016

A New Zealand man and his wife and small children are in Calgary waiting to hear if their home has burnt to the ground after fleeing a wildfire in Alberta. The entire population of the city of Fort McMurray, more than 60,000 people, has been evacuated from their homes.

Former Oamaru man Craig Rowland is a New Zealander who's made his home in the oil city is now in Calgary after being ordered to leave by authorities. 

He says as he and his wife packed their car they could see the flames reach nearby homes. 

Craig Rowland and family

Craig Rowland and family Photo: supplied

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