A massive wildfire in Canada has destroyed 1,600 homes and forced 80,000 people to flee

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A wildfire is worsening along highway 63 in Fort McMurray, Alberta
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Tens of thousands of Canadians have been evacuated while wildfires rage through their homes in Alberta.

The town of Fort McMurray has seen more than 1,600 homes destroyed and 80,000 residents flee. As of Thursday, the fire showed little sign of slowing down, Reuters reports, and it now threatens the local airport.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Wednesday that it was the biggest evacuation in the history of the province, according to the Associated Press.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported at the site of the fire.


Here’s what the evacuated Fort McMurray now looks like from the ground.

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REUTERS/Topher Seguin

Normally, it looks like this.

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Fort McMurray is best known as the heart of Canada’s oil-sands industry.

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REUTERS/Todd Korol

More than 80,000 residents were forced to flee after Fort McMurray was evacuated.

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REUTERS/Topher Seguin

Here’s what it looks like on the ground for many residents.


It looks terrifying to be driving out of town.


Wildfires have already torched 1,600 homes and several other buildings.

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REUTERS/Topher Seguin

Helicopters are being used to battle the raging fire.

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Reuters/Topher Seguin

The smoke covers so much of the sky that it’s hard to even see the helicopter here.

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REUTERS/Topher Seguin

An aerial view shows how much of the area is affected.

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Cheryl Oates/Government of Alberta/Handout

The fire is so massive it can be seen from a NASA satellite.

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Courtesy NASA/Handout via Reuters

Residents are using unconventional methods to get fuel to stranded vehicles.

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REUTERS/Topher Seguin

Neighboring communities have opened up their towns to the Fort McMurray residents, some of whom may no longer have homes to go back to after the evacuation.

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REUTERS/Topher Seguin

This map shows the full extent of the wildfire.

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REUTERS