In its seventh day, the wildfire raging in the oil sands region of Alberta is heading northeast toward the dry boreal forests. Nearly 100,000 people have had to evacuate the town of Fort McMurray. Officials say the blaze is out of control.
Energy production in Canada's oil sands region will resume in the coming days after a massive wildfire halted production, Alberta's premier has said. Authorities are assessing the damage in Fort McMurray.
The fire remains out of control, and officials say lots of rain is needed, but that doesn't appear likely. However, unseasonably hot temperatures are expected to plunge in the days ahead.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for Canada to phase out its oil sand production. It's not a popular message with the province of Alberta, which has benefited from having huge oil reserves.
As many as 80,000 people are being moved from Fort McMurray, in Alberta's oil sands region, due to a worsening blaze. The province has appealed for federal help to fight the fire and airlift people.
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