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Largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta, Canada is still underway

4 May 2016, 12:35 pm


A very large wildfire consumed the city of Fort McMurray on Tuesday yielding 88,000 people to evacuate to nearby Edmonton. The fire spread through the town so fast that many were fleeing while watching their homes burn to the ground.

By 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the entire city was under a mandatory evacuation order in the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history, quickly surpassing the Slave Lake fire that made international headlines five years ago. The Slave Lake fire ended up being the costliest wildfire in the state’s history.

The worst of the fire is not over at this point. Wednesday’s weather will bring another round of very strong winds, low relative humidity and abnormally high temperatures for this time of year.

It was reported earlier that the federal department may offer airlift and other transportation support for firefighting, as well as logistical help.

Surprisingly, there have no been no injuries reported and no fatalities thus far.

(Headline image: NASA Worldview)

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