Photos Of Fort McMurray Fires: Canada Moves Evacuees As Wildfires Burn : The Two-Way The fires near Fort McMurray, Alberta, have been burning all week, and responders are still far from containing them. Take a look at how the emergency has unfolded.
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In Photos: Canada's Devastating Fort McMurray Wildfires

The wildfire rages along Highway 63 near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday. Terry Reith/CBC News via Reuters hide caption

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The wildfire rages along Highway 63 near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday.

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Firefighters are still battling massive wildfires that forced mass evacuations of some 80,000 people earlier this week in Alberta, Canada.

Canadian police are escorting a convoy of evacuees through the wreckage, CBC News reports, out of the oil sands camps where they had been staying since Tuesday. As many as 8,000 people have been airlifted to safety, reporter Dan Karpenchuk tells our Newscast unit.

People needed to be taken out of the camps because of limited food and fuel, he says.

"[Royal Canadian Mounted Police] cruisers will escort groups of 50 vehicles at a time," the CBC says. "Helicopters will watch from overhead. All intersections along the route will be controlled and blocked by police, to ensure no vehicles try to slip away from the convoy."

A convoy of cars sporadically heads south on Highway 63 on Friday after evacuees were stranded at an oil sands camp north of Fort McMurray. Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Those who live in and around Fort McMurray have been told "it will not be a matter of days" before they can go home, The Two-Way reported Friday morning.

Here's a glimpse of how the fire has progressed over the course of the week:

A helicopter flies into thick smoke while battling a major forest fire outside of Fort McMurray on Wednesday. Topher Seguin/Reuters hide caption

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A helicopter flies into thick smoke while battling a major forest fire outside of Fort McMurray on Wednesday.

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NOAA's Hazard Mapping System shows the smoke from the Alberta wildfire across the United States. NOAA/Google Earth hide caption

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NOAA's Hazard Mapping System shows the smoke from the Alberta wildfire across the United States.

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Drivers wait outside Fort McMurray for clearance to take firefighting supplies into town on Thursday. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Drivers wait outside Fort McMurray for clearance to take firefighting supplies into town on Thursday.

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Marlee Hildebrandt and her 2-year-old daughter, Oakley, clean cots at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche, Alberta, on Thursday, after fleeing forest fires. Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Marlee Hildebrandt and her 2-year-old daughter, Oakley, clean cots at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche, Alberta, on Thursday, after fleeing forest fires.

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Tyra Abo sits on a cot at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche on Thursday. Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tyra Abo sits on a cot at a makeshift evacuee center in Lac la Biche on Thursday.

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Home foundations are all that remain in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire on Friday in Fort McMurray. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Home foundations are all that remain in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire on Friday in Fort McMurray.

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Swings were burned away in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on Friday. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Swings were burned away in a residential neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on Friday.

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