The regional fire chief in Fort McMurray and the Canadian province of Alberta says he doesn't remember what some of the town structures used to be.The wildfire that forced the evacuation of 90,000 people burned an estimated 2,400 structures to the ground.
I'm in the heart of Fort McMurray and in a neighborhood called Beacon Hill.This is a highly residential area and when you look around, you're just absolutely amazed because pretty much everything is good.Inside fire-ravaged Fort McMurray.You have dozens if not hundreds of homes destroyed in this one neighborhood.You can see how it just burned to their foundation.You actually see some water leaking over here.
We're now at another neighborhood called Abasand and this is pretty typical of what you see in wildfires.Pretty much everything is wiped out.But on the other side, you could actually see homes that did not burn.You can see a children's playground back here, but by and large, it's pretty difficult to make out the things you see.Over here is a grill.Look at this bicycle over here. There's just nothing left.
But amazingly, 90 percent of the town survived the fire.All of the schools were safe.Firefighters and volunteers say they'll be there to help those who lost everything rebuild.
Next today, an event that happens only about 13 times every 100 years.The planet Mercury was visible from Earth.On your screen is that tiny dot moving from left to right across the middle.How was this visible?One Monday, mercury was lined up between the earth and the sun, in such a way that it appeared to be moving across the face of the star as this black dot.Not a good idea to try to see this with unshaded eyes or binoculars.The best and safest views were through telescopes with solar filters.