The provincial government will launch an investigation into the emergency response for the Fort McMurray wildfire. (Terry Reith/CBC)
Allegations the mandatory evacuation of Fort McMurray was issued dangerously late continue to surface as the province launches an inquiry into the city-wide exodus.
"We need to understand why there was such a delay," said Diane Slater, a retired councillor and former acting mayor in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. "I hear mixed messages and I'm sure the public does too. We need the facts and the truth.
"There is a lot hearsay about people's stories and I think we need to drain all of that information together so we can have the good, bad and the ugly about what went on."
And Slater — who has been lobbying government officials for an inquiry — is hopeful she will get the answers she's looking for.