Photographer: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP
Photographer: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP

Alberta's Runaway Inferno Forces an Entire Community to Flee

More than 80,000 residents have been forced to flee their homes as wildfires continue to tear through the Canadian oil sands community of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. The blaze forced cuts in area oil production and had destroyed more than 1,600 buildings in Fort McMurray by Wednesday.

Drivers wait for clearance to take firefighting supplies into town on May 5, outside of Fort McMurray.

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A satellite image of a charred Fort MacMurray in Alberta following the devastating wildfire that destroyed the town.

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Evacuees leave Fort McMurray on May 6.

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Evacuees watch the wildfire near Fort McMurray on Wednesday, May 4. The evacuation is Alberta’s biggest-ever caused by a fire. 

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Marilou Wood fights back tears as husband Jim Wood fills up his car with gas after fleeing forest fires in Fort McMurray on May 4.

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A man hands out bottles of water to people fleeing their homes. in Wandering River on May 4.

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An evacuee puts gas in his car on his way out of Fort McMurray.

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A helicopter flies past the wildfire in Fort McMurray.

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A volunteer carries her daughter while cleaning cots for Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees at a hockey rink in Lac La Biche, Alberta, on Thursday, May 5.

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A Fort McMurray wildfire evacuee looks at his phone while sitting on a cot at a hockey rink in Lac La Biche.

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A fuel tanker travels south on Alberta Highway 63 as a huge plume of smoke from wildfires burning in the distance rises over Fort McMurray.

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A wildfire burns south of Fort McMurray on May 4.

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