There is now an evacuation order for the whole city of Fort McMurray. Photo by CBC/Reuters.
As a wildfire devastates the Fort McMurray area, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "Horrible! Hearts go out to residents!"
CBC reports, "A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control. By late afternoon, the entire city of 60,000 had been ordered evacuated. Residents by the thousands fled the fire, and for hours caused gridlock on Highway 63, and even overwhelmed oilsands work camps [north of the city], where beds and meals were offered. Fire chief Darby Allen said the entire neighbourhood of Beacon Hill 'appears to have been lost' and the fire burned many homes in other parts of the city."