Canada Starts Evacuating Oil Town as Wildfires Surge

Canada Starts Evacuating Oil Town as Wildfires Surge


Authorities ordered residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, to be ready for evacuation at a moment’s notice as wildfires draw closer, threatening a region that produces more than one million barrels of oil per day.

Alberta issued a notice on Friday that said an “out-of-control” wildfire — more than 2,400 acres in size — posed an “extreme” risk to the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

High winds and frontal systems moving through the area made it difficult to predict the course of the blaze, so evacuation alerts were issued for several communities in Alberta and British Columbia — including Fort McMurray, which lost more than 2,400 homes and businesses to a wildfire in 2016 that was considered the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian

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