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2016 Fort McMurray wildfire
2016 Fort McMurray wildfire
Fort McMurray residents evacuating along Highway 63 as the fire encroaches on the area
Location Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada
Date May 1, 2016 (2016-05-01) – August 2, 2017
Burned area 589,552 hectares (1,456,810 acres)
Fatalities 0 (direct)
2 (indirect)
Injuries 0

The 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire was a natural disaster that affected Alberta, Canada. The wildfire damaged or destroyed 1,600 structures in early May 2016. Almost 90,000 people evacuated (left) the area as the wildfire spread through the community of Fort McMurray.

A local state of emergency was put in effect on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm. Several areas were put under a mandatory evacuation. More than 90,000 people people left the area. Fort McMurray also experienced high winds in addition to the wildfire.

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