Smoke rises above trees as a wildfire burns in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Jason Franson /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Raging wildfires pressed in on the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray Thursday after more than 80,000 people were forced to flee, abandoning fire-gutted neighborhoods in a chaotic evacuation.Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for two other Alberta towns -- High Level, home to 4,000 people about 350 kilometers (220 miles) northwest of Fort McMurray, and Lac Ste Anne, a community of several hundred people about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Edmonton, the provincial capital.In Fort McMurray, the fires late Wednesday forced the evacuation of Saprae Creek, a neighborhood east of the city's airport that until now had been out of danger. The flight from Fort McMurray began in earnest shortly before midnight Tuesday when the Alberta emergency services placed the city of 100,000 under a mandatory evacuation order.Since 8:00 am (1400 GMT) Wednesday, flights to the city have been suspended.The fire, which had been contained until Monday south of Fort McMurray, was pushed toward the city by winds of 50 kilometers per hour and quickly reached homes, helped by a drought in Alberta.In the Waterways neighborhood, 90 percent homes have been lost.
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