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Entire City Flees Raging Wildfire in Canada

The province of Alberta was under a state of emergency as crews frantically battled an intense wildfire.

A convoy of evacuees drives south as flames and smoke rise along the highway near Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 6.

Displaced residents at oil field camps north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, got a sobering drive-by view of their burned out city Friday in a convoy that moved evacuees south amid a massive wildfire that officials fear could double in size by the end of Saturday. As police and military oversaw the procession of hundreds of vehicles, a mass airlift of evacuees also resumed.

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Pam Borges carries her son Max, 4, between portable homes at Canada North Camp Wandering River Lodge in Wandering River, Alberta, on May 7. The camp, currently home to near 400 people, is a refuge for many fleeing the forest fires in Fort McMurray. Cole Burston / AFP - Getty Images

A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is silhouetted by the setting sun as he is surrounded in smoke from wildfires south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Highway 63 on May 6.

Investigators have not figured out what sparked the wildfires that erupted in the heart of Canada's oil sands region on Sunday and have so far forced 88,000 people to flee.

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People wait at a roadblock as smoke rises from wildfires near Fort McMurray on May 6. Chris Wattie / Reuters
The wildfires glow underneath the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, near Fort McMurray early on May 7. Auroral activity is sparked by the interaction of Earth's magnetosphere with electrically-charged particles from the sun. Mark Blinch / Reuters

A member of a helicopter squadron of the Canadian Armed Forces flies over the wildfires in the area of Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 5.

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A giant cloud of smoke hangs over Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on May 5.

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The swings are burned away from a swing set on May 6 in a residential neighborhood in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Scott Olson / Getty Images
Home foundations and the shells of vehicles are nearly all that remain on May 6 in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Scott Olson / Getty Images

Smoke billows from the Fort McMurray wildfires as a truck drives down the highway in Kinosis, Alberta, Canada, May 5.

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A Canadian police officer surveys the damage on a street in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 5, 2016.

The wildfires raging through the Canadian province of Alberta have grown into a behemoth blaze that has consumed an area bigger than New York City.

RCMP Alberta

Wildfires burn in Fort McMurray in this image posted on Twitter on May 5.

The fires in the province of Alberta have forced 88,000 people to flee and destroyed more than 1,600 structures.

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A massive wildfire engulfs Fort McMurray on May 5 after 88,000 people evacuated the area.

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Evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfires use the sleeping room at the "Bold Center" in Lac la Biche, Alberta, on May 5.

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Marlee Hildebrandt and her daughter Oakley Hildebrandt, 2, clean cots at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche, Alberta on May 5, after fleeing forest fires north of Fort McMurray.

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A plume of smoke hangs in the air as a forest fires rage in the distance in Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 4.

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Burned trees line the roadside after a wildfire raged through the town of Fort McMurray, on Highway 63 to Edmonton, Canada, on May 4.

There were no official reports of casualties.

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A helicopter flies past the wildfire in Fort McMurray on May 4.

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Smoke clouds move in the direction of an evacuation center set up at Anzac Recreation Center in Anzac, Canada, on May 4.

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An evacuee puts gas in his car on his way out of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as the wildfire burns in the background on May 4.

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Evacuees arrive by bus at at evacuation center at the Expo Center in Edmonton, Alberta, on May 4. Codie McLachlan / Canadian Press via AP
Traffic lines the highway as residents leave Fort McMurray on May 3. More than 80,000 residents were ordered to flee as a wildfire moved into the city, destroying whole neighborhoods. JASON FRANSON / The Canadian Press via AP

Flames rise in an industrial area south of Fort McMurray on May 3.

Firefighters from across Canada were being mobilized to aid in the fight.

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Fires burn at the edge of the road as evacuating motorists flee Fort McMurray on May 3. There were long lines on highways out of the city as frantic residents fled the blaze, and oilsands work camps were pressed into service as emergency shelters.

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Evacuating motorists flee a 10,000-square-mile wildfire on May 3, 2016, near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The entire population of the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray was evacuated overnight as authorities battled an out-of-control wildfire.

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Fort McMurray resident Crystal Maltais buckles in her daughter, Mckennah Stapley, as they prepare to leave Conklin, Alberta, for Lac La Biche after evacuating their home in Fort McMurray on May 3. TOPHER SEGUIN / Reuters

The raging wildfire in Fort McMurray threatens to engulf fleeing motorists on May 3.

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