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State of emergency in Fort McMurray, Alberta

The Fort McMurray wildfire is being felt in surrounding communities.  Residents from three towns to the south are being told to leave as the out-of-control wildfire continues in Fort McMurray.   One of those communities was serving as an evacuation centre for the people of Fort McMurray.  So far the fire has destroyed at least 1,600 homes and buildings as a state-of-emergency continues.  More than 250 firefighters are battling the blaze and nearly 90,000 people have been forced from their homes.

The firefighters will be getting help from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources which is sending about 82 personnel to fight the blaze.  Meanwhile, the federal government is sending cots and bedding to help the evacuees as well as air support in case some people need rescuing.  Also, concern is growing among people with pets who were forced to leave them behind when told to leave the city.

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