‘I just felt like I needed to’: NC man drives to Canada to help fire evacuees

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RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina man who drove to Canada to help fire evacuees said he “just felt like I needed to.”

Global News in Canada reported that after Jim McGrath heard about massive wildfire he hopped in his car near Raleigh, N.C. and drove about 2,400 miles to help.

McGrath has no connection to the Fort McMurray fire and has no friends or family in the area.

The 57-year-old arrived in Edmonton last Wednesday and plans to continue volunteering until he leaves this Wednesday.

The massive wildfire forced almost 90,000 people to evacuate in Alberta and scorched more than 600 square miles.

“We’re all in it together,” he said. “It’s called the human race. It helps just to help each other. Just get involved, do good deeds and the rest will take care of itself.”

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