A wildfire burns near Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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Alberta's premier will get a first look at the devastated parts of Canada's oil sands town of Fort McMurray Monday after the fire stabilized to the point where officials are beginning the next phase of the government's plan to get residents back home.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the battle against the fire has stabilized to the point where she and the mayor will tour Fort McMurray's fire-ravaged neighborhoods.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.More than 250 officials are working to restore power grid and assess gas infrastructure.Morrison said the fire has not reached the Suncor or Syncrude oil sands facilities north of Fort McMurray and that the mines north are not under threat.Lac La Biche, Alberta, normally a sleepy town of 2,500 about 175 kilometers (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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