Canada: Massive wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray



    Canada: Massive wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray

    May 4, Edmonton: About 60,000 have been evacuated due to a huge wildfire that destroyed a number of houses in the cities in Canadian.

    The blaze has destroyed houses, dropping ash on the streets of the city in the province of Alberta.

    Fleeing residents have caused gridlock on the main road leading from the city, 380km (235 miles) north of Edmonton.

    The evacuation from Fort McMurray - which lies in an oil sands region - is the biggest in Alberta's history, reports said.

    Homes in at least two neighbourhood have been gutted, and the fire has now spread to Highway 63 - the main road into Fort McMurray from the south.

    Firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze, but the local authorities have called for reinforcements, including a water-dumping helicopter. So far there have been no reports of any injuries.

    The Oslo Times