Wildfire in Alberta now 85,000 hectares in size

May 5, 2016 6:10 PM

27 0

Wildfire in Alberta now 85,000 hectares in size

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta — A massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta grew to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres) in size and officials would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north. More than 80,000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands.

The Alberta government said Thursday that more than 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting a total of 49 wildfires, with seven considered out of control. Chad Morrison with AB Wildfire, manager of wildfire prevention, said the blaze grew r...

Also read: South Korean Government To Investigate Galaxy Note 7 Fires

Read more

To category page