In May 2016, the entire town was evacuated because of wild fires after a mild winter.

Estimates of the population of Fort McMurray vary from 70 000 to 100 000.

On Friday May 6th it was reported that the fires were advancing south, fanned by "favourable winds", and could even threaten oil installations which had attracted many people to the city.

Odd fact: 17% of the population are said to be from Newfoundland.

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