Canada Evacuates Thousands as Wildfires Surge

Canada Evacuates Thousands as Wildfires Surge


Hopes that a favorable turn in the weather might help firefighters contain the massive blaze threatening Canadian oil hub Fort McMurray were dashed on Tuesday, as evacuation orders were issued to about six thousand residents of four southern suburban areas.

The wildfire grew into a major threat in May and began moving toward Fort McMurray, which has a population of about 68,000 and serves as a major logistical hub for Canada’s oil sands industry. More than one million barrels of oil production per day are at risk if wildfires shut down the town.

The winds shifted, and some light rain was spotted in the area, giving fire officials hope that the city might not have to be evacuated, although residents were placed on

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