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Reduced to ashes: Photos of the aftermath in Slave Lake

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Wildfire Rangers with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Troy Johanson and Jason McAleenan, part of a strike team, put out hot-spots near the site of the point of origin for the fire around Slave Lake, Alberta on May 19, 2011.

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The south-east corner of Slave Lake, was destroyed by fires. An aerial view around Slave Lake, Alberta on May 19, 2011.

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Wildfire Ranger with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Jason McAleenan, part of a strike team, puts out hot-spots near the site of the point of origin for the fire around Slave Lake, Alberta on May 19, 2011.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tours fire damaged neighborhoods in a Canadian Armed Forces helicopter over Slave Lake, Alberta, May 20, 2011.

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Evacuees from the town of Slave Lake, Alberta, arrive at the Athabasca, Alta. community Sportplex on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

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Homes that have been destroyed by forest fire are seen in the community of Slave Lake, Alberta in this recent satalite image.

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Red flame retardant is seen covering some of the area around Slave Lake, Alberta in this recent satalite image.

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City Hall in Slave Lake Alberta after a forest fire ripped through the area in this recent satalite image.

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The foundation of a house that has been burned down, sits in a completely destroyed neighborhood of Slave Lake, Alberta May 16, 2011.

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The remains of a coin collection lie in the ashes of a fire in a house in a completely destroyed neighborhood of Slave Lake, Alberta May 16, 2011.

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A burned-out vehicle sits in a completely destroyed neighborhood of Slave Lake, Alberta May 16, 2011.

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Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach looks at the remains of a burned car in Slave Lake, Alberta, on Monday, May 16, 2011. Whole neighbourhoods were flattened by a devastating wildfire that swept through the town of 7,000 destroying upwards of 40% of the buildings.

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Fire-fighters from the High Level fire department look for hot spots near a destroyed home near downtown Slave Lake, Alberta May 16, 2011.

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A row of new Ford trucks sit completely destroyed at the Ford dealership in Slave Lake, Alberta May 16, 2011.

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The new town office lies in ruins after it burnt down in Slave Lake, Alberta May 16, 2011.

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A fire-fighter from the Strathcona fire department searches for hot spots at a destroyed neighborhood in Slave Lake, Alberta May 16, 2011.

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The smouldering remains of houses in Slave Lake, Alberta, on Monday, May 16, 2011. Whole neighbourhoods were flattened by a devastating wildfire that swept through the town of 7,000 destroying upwards of 40% of the buildings.

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All that remains of a house in Slave Lake, Alberta, on Monday, May 16, 2011 is a set of steps.

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Residents of Slave Lake find refuge at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex. A massive forest fire stoked by strong winds burnt through the southeast of Slave Lake, Alberta on May 16, 2011.

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Residents of Slave Lake find refuge at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex. A massive forest fire stoked by strong winds burnt through the southeast of Slave Lake, Alberta on May 16, 2011.

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Residents of Slave Lake find refuge at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex.

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Residents of Slave Lake find refuge at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex.

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Residents of Slave Lake find refuge at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex.

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Firefighters look over the remains of a house in Slave Lake Alberta after a massive forest fire stoked by strong winds burnt through the community.

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A helicopter works to contain a forest fire as it tore through the community of Slave Lake Alberta.

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Firefighters work to save a house in Slave Lake.

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The burned out shell of homes are seen in Slave Lake Alberta after a forest fire ripped through the community.

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Firefighters put out hot spots after a forest fire hit the community of Slave Lake, Alberta.

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