Videos show hellish scenes facing those fleeing Canadian wildfires

Footage has come to light of Canadian residents franticly feeling their homes as wildfires blaze right on the side of the road.

Videos show hellish scenes facing those fleeing Canadian wildfires

Footage has come to light of Canadian residents franticly feeling their homes as wildfires blaze right on the side of the road.

Earlier this morning we told you how 1,600 homes and other buildings have been

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The Alberta province has declared a state of emergency as crews battle to hold back wildfires as more than 80,000 people have been forced to flee the area.

With only a single road to escape on, north and south, traffic has been bumper-to-bumper and dash cam footage from residents shows just how desperate the situation is.

Unbelievably, no injuries or fire related fatalities have been reported so far.

Unseasonably hot temperatures combined with dry conditions have transformed the boreal forest in much of Alberta into a tinder box. Fort McMurray is surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada's oil sands - the third largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

One of the escaping residents Michel Chamberland has uploaded incredible videos, recorded from the back of his pick-up truck, showing flames towering over the traffic lodged vehicles.

The blaze effectively has cut Fort McMurray in two, forcing about 10,000 people north to the safety of oil sands work camps.

The other 70,000 or so were sent streaming south in a bumper-to-bumper line of cars and trucks that stretched beyond the horizon down Highway 63. Some vehicles sat in ditches, the victims of engine trouble or a lack of petrol.

City resident Breanna Schmidt said evacuating almost felt like "an apocalypse".

Having looked at this video, it’s hard to disagree with her.

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