Forest fire burns Alberta town

Burned out neighbourhood Slave Lake, AB (Reuters)

Almost half of Slave Lake, in northern Alberta, has been destroyed by a raging forest fire.

The town of 7,000 is nearly empty as convoys of cars and trucks evacuated the community over the weekend to escape the flames which at times were whipped by winds of 100 km/h.

Local emergency information was difficult to come by as the radio station and town hall were both destroyed by fire and many residents turned to social media websites such as Facebook to get further details.

No deaths or injuries have been reported.

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