Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy:

A Massive Wildfire Just Forced An Entire Canadian City To Evacuate

About 80,000 people fled the blaze that overtook Fort McMurray in Alberta on Tuesday.

An entire Canadian city was evacuated just before a huge wildfire swept in. 

About 80,000 people fled the blaze that overtook Fort McMurray in Alberta on Tuesday after strong winds fanned a fire that had been burning for several days.

Video shows the blaze right next to the highway as many people were evacuating. No deaths have been reported.

Several residential neighborhoods and businesses were lost, but officials say no buildings are currently on fire and critical infrastructure like a water treatment plant remained intact. 

However, the fire is still going, and officials warn the high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds aren't going to make fighting the blaze easy. 

Fort McMurray is a relatively small city but has become prosperous due to its location near large oil sands deposits. Officials have yet to say what started the fire. 

Featured Stories
Flowers and candles are placed outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul.

Suspect In The Istanbul New Year's Eve Nightclub Attack Confesses

Relatives of passengers who were on the missing MH370 flight.

Relatives Of Missing MH370 Passengers Face Suspended Search Efforts

Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell in "A Night at the Roxbury."

When It Comes To Numbers For Women In Film, It Might As Well Be 1998

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More North America Coverage