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Canadian Wildfire Disrupts Evacuation
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Canadian Wildfire Disrupts Evacuation

The only land convoy evacuating the Canadian city of Fort McMurray has been disrupted due to 60-meter flames flanking the road, officials say. Parts of the city in the province of Alberta have been destroyed after a huge wildfire struck earlier this week. Officials say the fire will double in size in the coming 24 hours. Residents have been told they must evacuate and some have left by air, with 5,500 flying out on Friday and another 4,000 due to do so on Saturday, BBC reported. Tens of thousands of people have already left Fort McMurray with more than 300 evacuation flights to the provincial capital Edmonton since Tuesday. The police-escorted road convoy of 1,500 vehicles was due to pass by the southern part of the city but was stopped for an hour on Friday afternoon. The city is in the heart of Canada’s oil country and as much as a quarter of the country’s oil production has been halted by the fire. Two oil sand sites are directly threatened by the blaze while 10 operators have cut production.

 

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