(London Independent) A huge wildfire which has engulfed parts of Alberta province in central Canada may double in size, officials have warned.
The blaze, described by some residents as “hell on earth”, had grown to around 386 square miles by Friday, according to the Alberta provincial government. Smoke from the fire has been detected as far away as the southern US state of Florida.
So far, there have been no deaths reported, but around 80,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. The communities of Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation are all subject to evacuation orders.
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In Fort McMurray, some 1,600 buildings have been burned to the ground. Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta, wrote on Twitter: "Fort McMurray is not safe to return to and this will be true for a significant period of time."