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"Unpredictable and dangerous" Canada fire out of control

By news - Sun May 08, 12:47 am

But officials concluded they were no longer safe there because of shifting winds that raised the risk of them becoming trapped, and needed to move south to other evacuee staging grounds and eventually to Edmonton, 400 kilometres away.

Some 2,400 vehicles made it to safety on Friday.

But concerns are growing about the effect on the oil industry, the region’s economic mainstay, as the fires come dangerously close to extraction sites.

Syncrude, one of several oil companies in the region, announced that it had shut down its facility 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Fort McMurray due to smoke, followed by Suncor, after the local authorities ordered them to evacuate personnel.

The military dispatched C130 aircraft to help evacuate 4,800 Syncrude employees.

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