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Fort McMurray fire: Escape convoy planned

(CNN)Sometime Friday morning, Canadian officials will give the signal and a convoy of hundreds of vehicles will roll south, through the battered city of Fort McMurray, as evacuees try to get away from the flames of a massive wildfire.

Officials said the effort will involve 400 cars and a helicopter that will fly ahead to make sure the path is safe.

On Thursday it wasn't safe, and thousands of people who lived north of the city had to be flown over the fire that has torched 850 square kilometers (328 square miles).

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Evacuees watch the wildfire near Fort McMurray on May 4.

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11 photos: Wildfire forces Canadian city to evacuate

Traffic is at a standstill on Highway 63 south as residents flee the wildfire on May 4.

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Robert Parker, left, and Matt Jones siphon gas from two snowmobiles for their truck on May 4.

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A helicopter flies past the wildfire in Fort McMurray on May 4.

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The wildfire rages through Fort McMurray on Tuesday, May 3.

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11 photos: Wildfire forces Canadian city to evacuate

The wildfire burns through northern Alberta in this image released by NASA on May 3.

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11 photos: Wildfire forces Canadian city to evacuate

A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police surveys wildfire damage in Fort McMurray, Alberta, where more than 80,000 people have been forced from their homes. The RCMP tweeted the photo on Thursday, May 5.

Source : http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/05/americas/fort-mcmurray-fire-canada/index.html

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