Fire ‘de­stroys 20 per cent of Cana­dian City

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Fort McMur­ray: About a fifth of homes have been de­stroyed in Fort McMur­ray, a Cana­dian city rav­aged by a huge wild­fire, the lo­cal mem­ber of par­lia­ment has told the BBC. Af­ter tour­ing the dam­age David Yur­diga said it might be years be­fore the city was run­ning nor­mally again. More than 100,000 res­i­dents of the city and sur­round­ing area fled af­ter an evac­u­a­tion or­der was is­sued.

Of­fi­cials say the fire, now burn­ing for a week, grew more slowly at the week­end than first feared.

Fire­fight­ers held key ar­eas and the blaze now covers about 1,610 sq km (620 sq miles) - less than the 1800 sq km (700 sq miles) es­ti­mated last Satur­day. Mr Yur­diga said while most of the city was in­tact the area was still too dan­ger­ous for res­i­dents to re­turn home. “An es­ti­mate: 20 per cent of the homes have been burnt, but the ma­jor­ity of homes are stand­ing, no dam­age at all,” Mr Yur­diga said. BBC

Wild­fire at Fort McMur­ray.

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