Drivers wait for clearance to take firefighting supplies into town on May 5, 2016 outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP
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A convoy of evacuees began the long drive out of work camps north of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray area Friday morning.In all, more than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada's oil sands, and officials say no deaths or injuries related to the fire have been reported.It appeared the highway was safe enough on Friday to move thousands more south on the highway.The convoy will pass through Fort McMurray where the fire has torched 1,600 homes and other buildings.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is escorting 50 vehicles at a time, south through the city itself on Highway 63 at a distance of about 20 kilometers south and then releasing the convoy.
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