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80,000 Flee Wildfire in canada as the bushfire spreads rapidly across the whole city

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As it scrambles to find space for thousands of newly-homeless people, Alberta asks for help to fight the 2,650-hectare wildfire.  Eighty-thousand people in the Canadian city of Fort McMurray have been told to get out as a massive wildfire approaches.

Authorities have issued a mandatory evacuation order for the city, which is in the heart of the country's oil sands region and is about 267 miles northeast of Alberta's state capital of Edmonton.

The city's main southern exit, Highway 63, has been closed due to the danger, leaving residents to head north.

Alberta has asked for help from other provinces to help fight the fire - which now stretches for 2,650 hectares - and airlift people from the city.







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