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Canada wildfires spread south, state of emergency in place

A huge wildfire raging near Fort McMurray in Canada has spread south, although a forecast of cooler temperatures and possible rain has raised hopes

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Canada wildfires spread south, state of emergency in place

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A huge wildfire raging near Fort McMurray in Canada has spread south, although a forecast of cooler temperatures and possible rain has raised hopes the blaze can start to be controlled.

The entire province of Alberta is under a state of emergency.

Some 88,000 people have been forced to evacuate the city, while over 1,600 homes and other buildings have been destroyed.

No casualties have been reported as a result of the fires, however at least one fatal vehicle crash has occurred along the evacuation route.

A number of major pipelines have been closed in the oil-producing region, with the blaze halting up to a third of Canada’s daily crude capacity.