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Thu, June 7, 2007
Smoke, embers blowing into Fort McMurray
Out-of-control forest fire has officials advising some to stay indoors

FORT MCMURRAY — Smoke and embers from a massive out-of-control forest fire near Suncor Energy’s oilsands plant in northern Alberta are blowing into Fort McMurray.

The MacKay River fire is burning about 25 km north of the city and covers about 150 square km.

Alberta Environment officials say people with respiratory problems are being advised to stay indoors.

The fire is not threatening any communities or industrial sites, but travel on the road that leads to the Petro-Canada oilsands plant has been restricted.

More than 140 firefighters are battling the blaze supported by heavy equipment, air tankers and helicopters.

The fire threat in the region runs from very high to extreme.

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