Fort McMurray Wildfire: 80,000 forced to evacuate over "Apocalyptic" wildfire
The entire population of one Canadian town was ordered to evacuate Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents.
More than 80,000 residents have been ordered to flee a town in Alberta after an earlier order that had applied to almost 30,000 people was extended to tens of thousands more as flames continued to make their way into the city.
Many people who were evacuating documented their experience with shocking photos and videos on social media. Some describe the wildfire as "Apolcalyptic."
There were no deaths or serious injuries reported but approximately 53,000 people had been evacuated as of late Tuesday, officials said.
"Homes are on fire as we speak. We have fire burning within the city," Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Darby Allen told reporters late Tuesday. "We've had a devastating day."
Officials warned that the worst of the fire is not over due to dangerous conditions fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and high winds.