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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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