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Wildfire triggers emergency evacuation in Alberta

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By Euronews
Wildfire triggers emergency evacuation in Alberta

<p>Alberta in western Canada is racing to evacuate thousands of people as a wildfire burns out of control.<br /> At risk are the 80,000 residents of the city of Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada’ oil sands.</p> <p>It’s thought the blaze started due to exceptionally dry conditions after a mild winter with lower-than-average snowfall.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thousands flee Fort McMurray in the largest fire evacuation in Alberta's history <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/news?src=hash">#news</a> <a href="https://t.co/7D2f35b7NF">https://t.co/7D2f35b7NF</a> <a href="https://t.co/Iu1t0ZMUk4">pic.twitter.com/Iu1t0ZMUk4</a></p>— TheStarPhoenix.com (@TheStarPhoenix) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheStarPhoenix/status/727658946668974081">May 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Fort McMurray resident Kaybre Peats described what happened:<br /> “The fire jumped the river. We had basically two minutes to get home, grab all our stuff and we had to leave. I’m very scared and very nervous because I don’t know if I’ll have a home to come back to. But i have my dog and my family and that’s all I need.”</p> <p>The authorities have appealed for help from neighbouring provinces to lend a hand in airlifting vulnerable residents.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Visual update on the fire in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FortMcMurray?src=hash">#FortMcMurray</a> Alberta and a forecast of what's to come: <a href="https://t.co/z9qZuCL9ZU">https://t.co/z9qZuCL9ZU</a> <a href="https://t.co/rnZ2D4mE7n">pic.twitter.com/rnZ2D4mE7n</a></p>— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) <a href="https://twitter.com/weathernetwork/status/727637740670615552">May 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Alberta’s Forestry Division says nine air tankers, more than a dozen helicopters and more than 100 firefighters are tackling the blaze.</p>