Wildfires in the heartland of Canada's oil sands region have forced a mass evacuation. The fire started burning days ago but intensified suddenly due to high winds and dry conditions.
Officials fear the massive fire could double in size by the end of Saturday as they continue to evacuate residents. Fire has engulfed tens of thousands of hectares and destroyed thousands of structures.
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.
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.
After burning for a week, the massive blaze, which led to the evacuation of Fort McMurray in Alberta, is close to reaching the province of Saskatchewan. Firefighters expect the fire to last for months.
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