Wildfires ravaging the center of Canada’s oil patch in northern Alberta may double in size as warm temperatures and swirling winds push the inferno close to several major oil-sands operations, forcing a shutdown at one of the province’s biggest producers.
The blaze, which expanded by half to 1,500 square kilometers (580 square miles) overnight, made an “unexpected” move to the north of Fort McMurray, rapidly approaching bitumen mining operations run by Suncor Energy Inc. and others, Travis Fairweather, a forestry spokesman, said in phone interview.
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