All of Fort McMurray is now under a mandatory evacuation order. Earlier today, residents were panicking on Twitter as they rushed to escape the danger zone amidst gridlock traffic. Here are just a few of the many examples:
Fortunately, this Twitter user was able to get out of Abasand unharmed – though not without abandoning her home, car, and belongings.
Melissa Blake, the mayor of Fort McMurray, urged people to stay calm.
"The #ALLEVACNOW is not to create panic, please please please stay calm and share the road #ymmfire," she said on Twitter.
Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party of Alberta and MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin, said on Twitter that people in the area should follow the evacuation orders.
“Lives are more important than things,” Jean said on Twitter.
The mayor, Melissa Blake, urged people to stay calm and share the road.
CBC’s Briar Stewart is in the area. She says that the fire chief says several homes have been impacted and hundreds of firefighters are working.
Get the latest from CBC's Briar Stewart on The National.
Stewart says more than 150 RCMP officers are in the community tonight.
"They're going street by street, block by block, clearing people away, making sure they leave."
Stewart reports that because of the city's location, people have two options.
"They either heads south towards Edmonton, or head north towards some of the oilsands operations. And we do understand that people who have moved that way are staying at some of the oilsands operations. And we do understand that people who have moved that way are staying at some of the different oilsands camps in the area."
Politicians have been weighing in, and on Tuesday evening Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Twitter that he had spoken with the government of Alberta to “assure all support” as Fort McMurray deals with the fire. Goodale said the federal government operations centre and DND are “fully engaged.”