Fort McMurray fire destroys oilsands camp, forces evacuation of thousands of workers as blaze continues to grow
by Geoffrey Morgan, Financial Post, May 17, 2016
CALGARY – The out-of-control wildfires in northern Alberta have forced a new wave of evacuations, by ground and by air, and delayed plans to restart oilsands productions at some projects, dealing another setback to the already hard-hit sector.
Suncor Energy Inc. spokesperson Sneh Seetal confirmed the company had begun airlifting employees to safety Tuesday after the fire had changed course Monday night, moved northward and forced the evacuation of its facilities and surrounding camps.
Hot, dry conditions and winds pushed the fire toward Suncor and Syncrdue Canada Ltd. oilsands projects over the course of Monday night and Tuesday morning, leading to the evacuation of 8,000 workers in camps between Fort McMurray and Fort McKay.