Fort McMurray Wildfire Threatens Oilsands Camps

Wildfire surging through Alberta could force more evacuations in Fort McMurray. The region's oilsands campgrounds are threatened by a wildfire that already covers more than 2,400 square-kilometeres and will burn for several more weeks. 
 
Late Monday night, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo announced precautionary evacuation orders to all camps north of Fort McMurray and south of Fort McKay. As the name implies, a precautionary evacuation order doesn't mandate residents move, it simply strongly encourages it. 
 
The camps are home to roughly 8,000. If evacuated, they would join more than 80,000 other residents already displaced by the fire. 
Suncor Energy--a company with a camp in the oilsands--said it shut down its base plant operations and is transplanting residents further north. 
 
Unfavorable weather conditions continue hampering firefighters. Hot, dry winds flick embers across the region and create more pockets. Smoldering ash paves the landscape in some spots, posing the potential for reignition. 
 
The BBC reports another fire not far from Fort McMurray burning near the Timberlea neighborhood of Fort McMurray.