An out-of-control fire has swept into Fort McMurray, Alta., on Tuesday, forcing evacuation of the city. The out-of-control fire has burned neighbourhoods and moved into the downtown core. (Terry Reith/CBC)

What You Need To Know If You’re In The Fort McMurray Area

An out-of-control fire has swept into Fort McMurray, Alta., on Tuesday, forcing evacuation of the city. The out-of-control fire has burned neighbourhoods and moved into the downtown core. (Terry Reith/CBC)

An out-of-control fire has swept into Fort McMurray, Alta., on Tuesday, forcing evacuation of the city. The out-of-control fire has burned neighbourhoods and moved into the downtown core. (Terry Reith/CBC)

As the situation evolves and the city is under a mandatory evacuation, these resources can help evacuees

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The situation in Fort McMurray is changing quickly, with the entire city now under an evacuation notice.

Here’s where you can get up-to-date information:

Twitter

For information and updates, residents are advised to follow the Municipality of Wood Buffalo on Twitter (@RMWoodBuffalo).

Follow the hashtag #ymmfire to stay on top of what’s happening. Or #ymmhelps for services and aid.

Facebook

The Municipality of Wood Buffalo has been posting updates.

If you’re looking for help, there is the Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page on Facebook with people offering shelter and aid.

App alerts

The government of Alberta also has an app that can be downloaded to receive emergency alerts.

Phone calls

If you’re not in immediate danger, but require help, call 780-788-4000. If you are in immediate danger call 911.

Report if safe

Once you’re out of danger, the government has asked evacuated residents to email wildfire@rmwb.ca with your name, location and confirmation of safety.

Stay calm

The roads are busy and smoky, but panic will make things worse. Be sure to make way for emergency crews working to battle the blaze.

 Smoke fills the air as cars line up on Highway 63 out of town, where traffic is gridlocked following the mandatory evacuation order. (CAOS91.1(KAOS)/Canadian Press)

Smoke fills the air as cars line up on Highway 63 out of town, where traffic is gridlocked following the mandatory evacuation order. (CAOS91.1(KAOS)/Canadian Press)

Police are patrolling the highway, so stay put if you’re stuck in traffic and not in imminent danger. Gas will be provided when available.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fort-mcmurray-fire-information-updates-1.3565397

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