Canadian PM visits city razed by wildfire

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen visiting a neighbourhood that was devastated by a wildfire that forced the evacuation of the city of Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada, on Friday. Known as "the be
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen visiting a neighbourhood that was devastated by a wildfire that forced the evacuation of the city of Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada, on Friday.

Known as "the beast", the fire destroyed more than 2,400 homes and businesses, and displaced more than 88,000 people in the oil sands city.

The fire, which is still raging and is currently 2,400 sq km in size, has moved away from the city and is expected to burn forested areas for many more weeks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2016, with the headline 'Canadian PM visits city razed by wildfire'. Print Edition | Subscribe