WNY woman comments on wildfire that forced residents to evacuate Canadian town

This photo provided by Tyler Burgett shows flames from a wildfire along Highway 63 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. At least half of the northern Alberta city was ordered evacuated Tuesday as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. (Tyler Burgett via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP modified) — The entire population of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada has been ordered to evacuate from a wildfire that officials say has destroyed whole neighborhoods.

More than 80,000 residents have been ordered to leave as flames continue to make their way into the city.

Highway 63 is the only road out and flames jumped the road, sending people into a panic.

Fire officials say they don’t know how many homes have been destroyed, but that the fire is burning in several areas in the city’s south end and a mobile home park has been destroyed.

There’ve been no reports of serious injuries and fire officials say right now the priority is to keep everyone safe.

Nancy Lynn-Clark is originally from Canada, but lives in western New York now. Her daughter Amanda is in Canada with her fianceé and was forced to evacuate.

Clark says Amanda and her fianceé are safe. They drove to Wandering River in Alberta, about two hours away from her home.

(View from Amanda's backyard in Alberta)
(View from Amanda’s backyard in Alberta, courtesy of Nancy Lynn-Clark)

The home is still standing for now.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley calls it the biggest evacuation in the history of the province.

Fort McMurray is the heart of Canada’s oil sands region, which has the third largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

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