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The raging wildfire in Alberta has significantly damaged an oil sands camp in the Fort McMurray region.

Horizon North Logistics said Tuesday that it received reports that Blacksand Executive Lodge sustained “significant damage” from the wildfires.

“With active fires still in the area, there is currently no access to Blacksand Lodge or other lodges along Aostra Road,” Horizon North said.

Alberta premiere Rachel Notley expects the blaze to grow in an area holding several oil camps on Wednesday, according to the Guardian.

Alberta officials ordered mandatory evacuations for MacKay River, lodges along Aostra Road and the Borealis, Millennium and Hudson lodges on Monday.

Syncrude told Reuters on Monday that it has also moved employees from the affected area.

Alberta officials said Tuesday that the fire remains out of control and now covers an estimated 355,000 hectares.

Camps and facilities south of Fort McKay are under a mandatory evacuation order.

About 8,000 non-essential staff were evacuated from more than a dozen camps on Monday night.

Fort McKay First Nation, Athabasca Camp and the Beaver River Camp are under a recommended evacuation order.

Suncor said Tuesday that all personnel at its Base Plant and MacKay River sites will be taken out of the region with the exception of a minimum number of emergency response and security workers required to close operations at Base Plant.

Plans are in place for those personnel to be relocated.

Suncor’s Firebag site will move to a minimum number of essential personnel.

The remaining non-essential personnel will be taken out of the region.

All Fort Hills personnel currently at the site remained at site Tuesday.

Suncor said plans are being developed to shift change existing staff.

Travel on Highway 63 was restricted as of Tuesday.

The highway was reportedly closed at both the Suncor interchange and the Parsons Creek interchange.

Syncrude said Monday that it continues to deploy employees on the ground at its Mildred Lake and Aurora oil sands sites to advance the safe return of operations.

Enbridge said on Monday that it’s working with provincial firefighting crews to contain a fire near the Cheecham Terminal.

“Additional industrial firefighting resources are also on scene to help protect the facility, 70 km southeast of Fort McMurray,” the company said.

Enbridge is widening an existing firebreak around the terminal and its crews are assessing next steps in fire suppression tactics such as spraying down facilities.


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