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Close to 100 aircraft, 1,300 firefighters battle blazes in Alberta

May 26, 2015  By CBC News

About 5,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a wildfire that has prompted the northern Alberta hamlet of Wabasca to declare a local state of emergency.

On Saturday, Martin Beaver says he was at the heart of the wildfire now burning out of control. Now, he’s camped out at an evacuation centre with his family, wishing he’d had more water to fight the blaze when he needed it.

“I started fighting the fire,” said Beaver, saying it had started at the dump in Wabasca on Saturday.

“It spread so fast, I had it surrounded at first, I had it surrounded on the north side and it got away on the south side and I ran out of water.”

With the situation worsening day by day, even hour by hour, Alberta is now under a provincewide fire ban. | READ MORE



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