Saturday, May 7, 2016

Fort McMurray wildfire has burned area larger than entire city of Chicago


Amid record heat, dry air and strong winds, the destructive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta has grown nine times larger during the course of this week. As of Friday morning, it had burned an area larger than the city of Chicago, and was still burning out of control. 

The fire grew from 29 square miles on Tuesday to at least 386 square miles. The city of Chicago is 234 square miles. Having exceeded the area of Chicago, as well as New York City, the fire is now more on par with the area of Dallas.

On Friday, a convoy of evacuees began the long drive out of oil industry work camps north of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray area Friday morning.  Read more...

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