At least 53,000 residents of Fort McMurray have been displaced because of a wildfire emergency according to an update provided by officials with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at 10 p.m. MT Tuesday night.
Of the 53,000 people displaced, officials said 17,000 had travelled north and efforts are being made to find those evacuees accommodations in industry camps. Most evacuees had headed south: 18,000 are believed to be heading to Edmonton, 9,000 to Lac La Biche and 8,000 to Anzac.
They said Fort McMurray has run out of fuel and the next 24 hours will be focused on making sure everybody has safely left the evacuation zone, finding lodging for evacuees, tending to medical needs and helping stranded motorists on Highway 63 and Highway 881.
Officials said through the province, they have requested military support which they expect to arrive at some point before Friday and that a request has also been made for additional food supplies.