- Alberta wildfire claims first victims
- State of emergency is declared
- 1,600 buildings destroyed by flames
A massive wildfire in Alberta, Canada which has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 people from Fort McMurray has been blame for its first deaths.
At least two people are said to have been killed in a highway accident in the scramble to safety.
The evacuation is the largest in Alberta’s history and the province has declared a state of emergency. The blaze broke out south-west of the city on Sunday.
Firefighters appeared to have a measure of control by Tuesday until a drastic wind shift overwhelmed them.
The officials in Alberta province say the fire has gutted some 1,600 structures amid unusually hot and dry weather,
Fort McMurray is a major centre of Canada’s oil sands industry – with vast oil reserves.
Help from the army and air force is being sent to the region but they may take two days to arrive.In the meantime the blaze which is now covering 7,500 hectares or 46 square kilometres is being tackled by 100 firefighters.