12 work camps north of Fort McMurray evacuated due to growing wildfire

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Photo: Alberta Wildfire

 

The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta.: About 4,000 workers from camps north of Fort McMurray are being ordered to evacuate because of an approaching wildfire.

The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo calls it a “controlled precautionary evacuation” of 12 camps.

Workers are being told to head south on Highway 63.

Syncrude Canada tweeted that buses are transporting workers to a safe location as part of its emergency plan.

The rural municipality says the fire is moving 30 to 40 metres per minute and is expected to burn six kilometres in two hours.

Earlier today, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was dangerously poor.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the air quality health index is normally one to 10, with 10 being the worst, but the reading this morning was at 38.