An Alberta wildfire firefighter crew holds a meeting in front of their helicopter while waiting on stanby to respond to new wildfires at a helipad in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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Notley said about 12,000 evacuees have been airlifted from oil sands mine air fields over the past two days, and about 7,000 have left in highway convoys escorted by police.The fire could reach the edges of the Suncor oil sands facility, about 15 miles (25 km) north of Fort McMurray. Morrison said the fire wasn't expected to reach the oil sands mines north of Suncor.Its workers largely live in Fort McMurray where some neighborhoods have been destroyed.More than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada' oil sands, where the fire has torched 1,600 homes and other buildings.About 25,000 evacuees moved north in the hours after Tuesday's mandatory evacuation, where oil sands work camps that usually house employees were used to house evacuees. The fire started last Sunday and has destroyed about than 2,000 square km (772 miles) of northern Alberta forest.Lac La Biche, Alberta, normally a sleepy town of 2,500 about 175 km (109 miles) south of Fort McMurray, was helping thousands of evacuees, providing a place to sleep, food, donated clothes and even shelter for their pets.
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