A fire fighting helicopter works over wildfires that continue to threaten Fort McMurray neighborhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada May 4, 2016. Courtesy Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Handout via REUTERS
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A massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta has grown to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres) in size and officials would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north. More than 80,000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands.The Alberta government said Thursday that more than 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting a total of 49 wildfires, with seven considered out of control. The fire has torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Fort McMurray.The emergency operations center relocated southward for the third time in a day back in Fort McMurray after moving to Lac La Biche, Alberta – about 175 miles (280 km) south of Fort McMurray.
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