- CF Operations/Handout via REUTERS
A massive wildfire has been raging in Fort McMurray, Alberta – the center of the Canadian oil industry – forcing the entire town of over 88,000 people to evacuate.
And it’s still burning out of control.
The fire’s area grew eight times overnight, according to satellite images from NASA’s Earth Observatory.
See for yourself, in this tweet from Judy Trinh, a CBC reporter:
— Judy Trinh (@JudyTrinhCBC) May 5, 2016
If the entire town has to be rebuilt, insurers estimate that the damage caused by the fire could hit up to $9 billion dollars, according to the CBC.
It would be by far the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
- RCMP Alberta/Handout via REUTERS