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NASA release satellite image of wildfire in Canada

NASA have released a satellite image of the smoke caused by the wildfire currently raging in the Fort McMurray area.

They say the image shows an area the size of 19,000 acres.

According to local officials, the fire has so far destroyed 8,500 acres and a make-shift emergency centre has been opened in Lac La Biche, a town 250km south Fort McMurray.

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Dramatic footage 'shows evacuation of Fort McMurray'

Dramatic footage has appeared to show the moment one motorist evacuates Beacon Hill as wildfires and smoke smother the town of Fort McMurray in Canada.

The dashcam video footage, uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday, purports to show some of the 80,000 people who were forced to evacuate the town following the spread of the blaze.

More than 1,600 houses have been destroyed and a state of emergency has been declared in Alberta.

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Towns evacuated as Canada wildfire heads south

A massive Canadian wildfire that has forced 80,000 residents to flee the town of Fort McMurray is now threatening the communities south of the town and its airport, authorities have said.

Firefighting crews have been unable to stop the wildfire Credit: APTN

1,600 buildings have already burned down and worsening conditions on Wednesday led to authorities issuing mandatory evacuation orders for Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation communities based 50km south of Fort McMurray.

The fire has destroyed 80% of Beacon Hill Credit: APTN

Officials have been forced to abandon their make-shift emergency operation centre - the second time in less than a day - and have relocated to Lac La Biche, a town 250km south of Anzac.

The wildfire has charred 18,500 acres of land since it erupted on Sunday.

It is a possibility that we may lose a large portion of the town

– Scott Long, Alberta's emergency management agency
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