BRIEF-Alberta Premier says Fort McMurray fire now 101,000 hectares

by Reuters
Friday, 6 May 2016 17:41 GMT

May 6 (Reuters) -

* Alberta Premier says government has authorised C$100 million in disaster relief funding for people affected by wildfire

* Alberta Premier says Fort McMurray wildfire now covers 101,000 hectares

* Alberta Premier says winds will push fire to the north east later today, away from the community

* Canadian military official says military has provided four helicopters, one Chinook helicopter and one Hercules aircraft to help with fire response

* Alberta official says expects fire to move away from Nexen Long Lake oil sands facility

* Alberta official says Fort McMurray region has not seen rain for two months, fire will continue to burn for a very long time until area gets significant rain

* Alberta official says fire is at gates of Nexen Long Lake facility but wind expected to push flames away from it today

* Alberta official says Fort McMurray wildfire is jumping kilometres at a time, is a rare, rare fire event

* Alberta official says will look at more evacuations from oil sands infrastructure north of the city if necessary

* Alberta official says firefighters will be at Fort McMurray fires for "weeks and weeks" Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: [ ] (Reporting By Nia Williams)

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