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Canadian wildfires could burn for months

Smoke billows from the Fort McMurray wildfires as a truck drives down the highway in Kinosis, Alberta, Canada. REUTERS/Mark Blinch.

Canadian wildfires could burn for months

A wildfire out of control in Alberta, Canada could burn for months, officials say.

The fire has already burned large parts of the Canadian oil sands town of Fort McMurray and there is fear it could double in size and reach a major oil sands mine and even the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan.

The blaze is expected to have consumed more than 200,000 hectares by Sunday, the Alberta government says, and is expected to continue to grow because of high temperatures and winds as well as dry conditions.

Significant rainfall is needed to stem the tide of the fire.

 

Smoke rises in a burned-out neighbourhood in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Smoke rises in a burned-out neighbourhood in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

 

Meanwhile thousands of people continue to be evacuated including work camps north of Fort McMurray on Saturday. As well, thousands of displaced residents got a drive-by view of some of the destruction in the town.

 

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