A massive wildfire in northern Alberta Canada has the entire population of one city evacuating. Fort McMurray and its over 80,000 residents are fleeing as the fire moved from the outskirts of town into dense subdivisions by Tuesday, destroying at least 2 entire neighborhoods.
The fire is fueled by extreme conditions: very dry forests, high temperatures as Alberta broke a decades-old record hitting 90 degrees this week, as well as winds up to thirty miles an hour.
Engulfing the town, the fire is threatening the city’s infrastructure, specifically the only bridge across the Athabasca River and Highway 63 which is the only way into the city from the south. Airlifts are allegedly being considered as any remaining citizens could become trapped.
Fort McMurray is in the oil sands region of Canada, part of one of the largest oil reserves in the world, but the fire is currently on the south side of the city whereas the oil sands projects are further north of the city.