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Raging wildfires in Alberta

A disastrous wildfire has forced more than 80,000 residents to evacuate Fort McMurray, the biggest evacuation on record in Canada. The raging fire has grown to at least 210,000 acres, destroying entire neighborhoods.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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A swing set with the swings burned away sits in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire on May 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Wildfires, which are still burning out of control, have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents from the town. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Smoke fills a deserted street in downtown Fort McMurray, which remains evacuated as a wildfire threatens the city of some 90,000 in northern Alberta, Canada, May 6. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)
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A flock of birds fly as smoke billows from the Fort McMurray wildfires in Kinosis, Alberta, Canada, May 5. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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Gutted homes in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Fort McMurray, which remains evacuated as a wildfire threatens the city of some 90,000 in northern Alberta, Canada, May 6. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)
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Drivers of a resupply convoy stand outside their vehicles south of Fort McMurray as a wildfire blocked the only highway to the city in northern Alberta, Canada, May 5. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)
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Home foundations and remains of possessions are nearly all that remain in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire on May 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Flames engulf trees along a highway near Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 6, 2016. Canadian police led convoys of cars through the burning ghost town of Fort McMurray Friday in a risky operation to get people to safety far to the south. (Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images)
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Charred bicycles in the fire-gutted Beacon Hill neighborhood of Fort McMurray, which remains evacuated as a wildfire threatens the city of some 90,000 in northern Alberta, Canada, May 6. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)
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A view of highway 63 south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on May 5. The Canadian Armed Forces have air assets deployed in support of the Province of Alberta’s wildfire emergency response efforts. (VanPutten/ Canadian Armed via EPA)
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Home foundations are all that remain in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire on May 6 in Fort McMurray. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Smoke billows from the Fort McMurray wildfires as a truck drives down the highway in Kinosis, Alberta, Canada, May 5. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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Justin Anderson packs his three children and dog into his truck as he prepares to leave the Christina Lake Lodge campground in Conklin, Alberta. He has family in Lloydminster that will take them in after evacuating Fort McMurray due to raging wildfires, in Canada on May 5. (Topher Seguin/Reuters)
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Smoke and flames can be seen along the highway near Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 6. (Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Mountie surveys the damage on a street in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on May 5. (RCMP Alberta via Reuters)
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Evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfires use the sleeping room at the “Bold Center” in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, May 5. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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Wildfires spread in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on May 5. Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched homes and other buildings in Canada’s main oil sands city of Fort McMurray. (CF Operations via Reuters)
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Strathcona County, Alberta firefighters take a break from wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta in May 5. (Strathcona Fire via Reuters)
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Smoke from wildfires approaches neighborhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on May 5. (CF Operations via Reuters)
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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. (Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images)
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A police officer wears a mask while controlling a roadblock near a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on May 5. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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A man and his dog sleep on a makeshift bed at a recreational centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta on May 5, after fleeing forest fires north of Fort McMurray. (Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images)
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A wildfire moves towards the town of Anzac from Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 4. Alberta declared a state of emergency as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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A fire fighting helicopter works over wildfires that continue to threaten Fort McMurray neighborhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada May 4. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
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Satelite image shows a wildfire burning southwest of downtown Fort McMurray in Canada’s Northern Alberta region on May 3. The image combines shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light (OLI bands 7-5-3). Near- and short-wave infrared help penetrate clouds and smoke to reveal the hot spots associated with active fires, which appear red. Smoke appears white and burned areas appear brown. (Joshua Stevens / NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY / HANDOUT)
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Evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfires look through donated goods and clothing at the “Bold Center” in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, May 5. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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A plume of smoke hangs in the air as forest fires rage on in the distance in Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 4. (Cole BurstonAFP/Getty Images)
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A helicopter flies past a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 4. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Traffic is at a standstill on Highway 63 heading south as residents flee with wildfires burning in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 4. The raging wildfire emptied Canada’s main oil sands city, destroying entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray, where officials warned Wednesday that all efforts to suppress the fire have failed. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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A wildfire raging through the town of Fort McMurray, Canada, May 3. Weather conditions were making it more difficult to extinguish a forest fire that has forced the evacuation of some 70,000 people from the northwestern Canadian city of Fort McMurray. (Jermome Garot/Twitter.com via EPA)
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An evacuee from the Fort McMurray wildfires checks his phone at the “Bold Center” in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, May 5. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
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Smoke rises from a wildfire outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 3. The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (Mary Anne Sexsmith-Segato/The Canadian Press via AP)
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People gather for gas that is being handed out at a rest stop near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on May 4. Thousands of residents were ordered to flee as flames moved into the Canadian oil sands city. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Evacuees watch the wildfire near Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 4. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Volunteers stock shelves as they prepare for the residents of Fort McMurray displaced by a raging wildfire, in Anzac, Alberta, Canada on May 4. (Topher Seguin/Reuters)
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Flames rise in Industrial area south of Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada on May 3. (Terry Reith/CBC News via Reuters)
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Residents of Fort McMurray line up outside a grocery store after they were ordered to be evacuated due to a raging wildfire, in Anzac, Alberta, Canada, May 4. (Topher Seguin/Reuters)
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Smoke fills the air as a small plane flies overhead in Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 3. (Kitty Cochrane/The Canadian Press via AP)
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A group of people camp out in their van at a beach south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on May 4. Thousands of residents were ordered to flee as a wildfire moved into the Canadian oil sands city, destroying whole neighborhoods. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Residents of Fort McMurray line up for gas after they were ordered to be evacuated on May 4. (Topher Seguin/Reuters)
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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)
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