Camps evacuated due to growing wildfire

Alberta Wildfires

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Work camps north of Fort McMurray are being ordered to evacuate because wildfires around the city are expanding.

The Alberta government issued an emergency alert saying all workers are to head south on Highway 63.

Workers at all camps up to and including the Ruth Lake Camp, which is 26 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, are being told to leave.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many camps or people are involved.

Earlier today, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was at dangerous levels.

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.


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