PICS: Growing wildfire triggers largest evacuation in Canadian town history

 
 
 
  • In this image released by the Alberta RCMP on May 5, 2016, a police officer walks on a road past burned down houses in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Canada prepared to airlift to safety up to 25 000 people who were forced from their homes by raging forest fires in Alberta's oil sands region, and now risk getting trapped north of Fort McMurray. (Alberta RCMP, AFP)
  • Tyra Abo sits on a cot at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche, Alberta on May 5, 2016, after fleeing forest fires north of Fort McMurray. 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 neighbourhoods in a chaotic evacuation. No casualties have been reported from the monster blaze, which swept across Alberta's oil sands region driven by strong winds and hot, dry weather. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • A displaced person looks at the fire on their mobile phone at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche, Alberta on May 5, 2016, after fleeing forest fires north of Fort McMurray.¬†Raging wildfires pressed in on the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray after more than 80 000 people were forced to flee, abandoning fire-gutted neighbourhoods in a chaotic evacuation. No casualties have been reported from the monster blaze, which swept across Alberta's oil sands region driven by strong winds and hot, dry weather. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • A wildfire moves towards the town of Anzac from Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 4, 2016. Alberta declared a state of emergency as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires. Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with dry conditions have transformed the boreal forest in much of Alberta into a tinder box. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Wildfires burn in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 4, 2016. The raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray, where officials warned that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • A young girl sits on a cot at a makeshift evacuee centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta on May 5, 2016, after fleeing forest fires north of Fort McMurray. Raging wildfires pressed in on the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray after more than 80 000 people were forced to flee, abandoning fire-gutted neighbourhoods in a chaotic evacuation. No casualties have been reported from the monster blaze, which swept across Alberta's oil sands region driven by strong winds and hot, dry weather. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • A helicopter battles a wildfire in Fort McMurray Alberta, May 4, 2016. The raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray, where officials warned that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. (Jason Franson /The Canadian Press, AP)
  • A police officer wears a mask while controlling a roadblock near a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 5, 2016. Raging wildfires in the Canadian province of Alberta have moved south, forcing three more communities to evacuate and an emergency operations centre to move again. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • A woman is greeted by her daughters after arriving in Edmonton from the Fort McMurray area, in Alberta, May 5, 2016. An ever-changing, volatile situation is fraying the nerves of residents and officials alike as a massive wildfire continues to bear down on the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta. The province of Alberta declared a state of emergency. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press, AP)

  • A group of people camp out in their van at a beach south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 4, 2016. Thousands of residents were ordered to flee as a wildfire moved into the Canadian oil sands city, destroying whole neighbourhoods. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Volunteers load donated flats of water to be taken to a camp just outside of Wandering River, Canada, on May 5, 2016. The camp is currently housing more than 400 people displaced by the Fort McMurray forest fires, as many make their way south to Edmonton. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • People use the internet at a makeshift evacuee centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, on May 5, 2016 after fleeing forest fires 300km north in Fort McMurray. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • People use the internet at a makeshift evacuee centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, on May 5, 2016 after fleeing forest fires 300km north in Fort McMurray. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • Two women walk between portable houses at a camp just outside of Wandering River, Canada, on May 5, 2016. The camp is currently housing more than 400 people displaced by the Fort McMurray forest fires, as many make their way south to Edmonton. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • Firefighters assemble on Highway 63 near Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 5, 2016. The Province of Alberta has issued a State of Emergency as more than 85 000 hectares have been engulfed by the wildfires. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • A woman picks through donated clothing and goods at a makeshift evacuee centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta on May 5, 2016, after fleeing forest fires north of Fort McMurray. Raging wildfires pressed in on the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray on Thursday after more than 80 000 people were forced to flee, abandoning fire-gutted neighbourhoods in a chaotic evacuation. No casualties have been reported from the monster blaze, which swept across Alberta's oil sands region driven by strong winds and hot, dry weather. (Cole Burston, AFP)
  • Traffic lines the highway as residents leave Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday May 3, 2016. More than 80 000 residents were ordered to flee as a wildfire moved into the city, destroying whole neighbourhoods. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Evacuees from the wildfire in Fort McMurray collect donated necessities at an evacuation centre in Lac la Biche, Canada, May 5, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfires rest on a hockey rink at the evacuation centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta, May 5, 2016. More than 80 000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands, authorities said. The province of Alberta declared a state of emergency. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • A family takes refuge in the back of their boat after evacuation at a rest stop near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, May 4, 2016. Thousands of residents were ordered to flee as flames moved into the Canadian oil sands city, destroying whole neighbourhoods. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Evacuees from the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray hug at the evacuation at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton Alta, May 4, 2016. A wildfire forced the evacuation of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroying 80% of the homes in one neighbourhood and extensively damaging property in a number of others, officials say. (Codie Mclachlan/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Cots are set up on the gym floor at an evacuee reception centre, operated by the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo in Anzac, Alberta, Canada, May 4, 2016. More than 80 000 residents were ordered to flee the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, as a wildfire moved into the city, destroying whole neighbourhoods. (Mike Allen/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • A pilot flies near wildfires burning in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 4, 2016. The raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray, where officials warned that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Smoke rises as a wildfire burns near Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 5, 2016. An ever-changing, volatile situation is fraying the nerves of residents and officials alike as a massive wildfire continues to bear down on the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta. The province of Alberta declared a state of emergency. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, AP
  • Evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfires rest at the evacuation center in Lac la Biche, Alberta, May 5, 2016. The Alberta government declared a province-wide fire ban in an effort to reduce the risk of more blazes in a province that is very hot and dry. The province of Alberta declared a state of emergency. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Wildfires burn in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 4, 2016. The raging wildfire emptied Canada's main oil sands city, destroying entire neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray, where officials warned that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • A family of evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfires arrive at the evacuation centre in Edmonton, Canada, May 5, 2016. Raging wildfires in the Canadian province of Alberta have moved south, forcing three more communities to evacuate and an emergency operations center to move again , taking it far from the devastated oil sands city of Fort McMurray. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • This photo take through a car windshield shows smoke rising from a wildfire rages outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 3, 2016. The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (Mary Anne Sexsmith-Segato/The Canadian Press, AP
  • Smoke from a wildfire rises in the air as cars line up on a road in Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 3, 2016. At least half of a northern Alberta city was ordered evacuated on Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (Greg Halinda/The Canadian Press, AP)
  • Smoke fills the air as a small plane flies overhead in Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 3, 2016. The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (Kitty Cochrane/The Canadian Press, AP)¬†