When Airdrie Country artist Mark Lorenz heard about the disaster in Fort McMurray, he couldn't sit and do nothing.
Hearing first hand from friends who fled their homes in the midst of smoke and flames struck Lorenz to the core.
Seeing the images and video on TV also moved Lorenz and his family as he tried to comprehend the emotions his northern neighbours were feeling.
After talking with one of his friends following the mass evacuations, Lorenz listened to the daring efforts to escape the fires and put it to music.
"The song idea actually came from something that he said to me. I asked him, I said 'what next, what are you going to do,' and he said, 'I don't know, I'll have to wait until the smoke clears'."
"The song literally wrote itself in probably 2 minutes...it's been something that's spiraled so amazing because of this."
Lorenz is working in studio to produce the track which will be released soon with all proceeds going the the Canadian Red Cross.
The song will soon be available on his official website.
Hear more on the inspiration behind Mark's song "When the Smoke Clears."