Canada: Alberta declares state of emergency in Fort McMurray; Much of city could be 'destroyed' by wildfire
- A state of emergency has been declared in Canada's Alberta province, after a wildfire forced all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to flee their city.
Officials warn that the blaze could destroy much of the city and the next 24 hours will be crucial.
The evacuation was the largest in Alberta's history. Nearby oil companies have been forced to cut output.
Several firms operating in Alberta's oil sands region have shut down some pipelines.
This was done to help evacuate non-essential personnel, reports say.
So far there have been no reports of injuries in the wildfire.(Excerpt) Read more at: bbc.com ...
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