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Canada wildfire could 'burn for months'

The Alberta wildfire is reportedly still 'out of control'. Credit: Jonathan Hayward /The Canadian Press via AP

A wildfire in Canada which has engulfed the city of Alberta for several days could continue to "burn for months", according to officials.

Chad Morrison of Alberta Wildfires told reporters it was not uncommon to fight infernos in forested areas, like the one raging in Alberta's oil sands city of Fort McMurray, for months.

The blaze forced 88,000 people to flee their homes and destroyed 1,200 properties and it had been hoped people would be able to return home within weeks not months but reports suggest it is still not under control.

Alberta premier Rachel Notley said: "In no way is this fire under control."

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