The largest mandatory evacuation in the history of Alberta is underway as more than 80,000 people flee Fort McMurray due to a raging wildfire.
The forest has been tinder-dry and weather has not been cooperating for firefighters either with strong winds, soaring temperatures and low humidity.
The fire had entered the city limits by mid-afternoon and social media reports say homes, a trailer park and a hotel were engulfed in flames.
The airport remains open and officials say the city’s only hospital has been successfully evacuated.
Residents are being told to head north to the oil sands camps or Highway 63 south with evacuation centres on the way to Edmonton.