The mandatory evacuation for Fort McMurray was expanded Monday afternoon to include lodging camps north of the city.
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At 4:30 p.m. all camps north of Fort McMurray up to and including to the Ruth Lake Camp were told to evacuate.
All camps and production facilities that use Aostra Road were also told to evacuate.
A provincial emergency alert told evacuees they should head south on Highway 63.
A spokesperson for Noralta said it had been given three to five hours to evacuate its Village location (on Aostra Road). The facility has roughly 2,000 guests and 300 staff.
“We are proceeding in an orderly evacuation in collaboration with our clients and industry partners,” Blare McCalla said.
Essential employees have been sent to Grey Wolf Lodge, which Noralta said would continue to operate as long as authorities deemed it safe.
Noralta Lodge provides accommodation for workers in the oil industry. The Village site is located 26 kilometres northwest of Fort McMurray.
The Grey Wolf Lodge is north of the Ruth Lake Camp.
On Monday morning, the Edmonton International Airport was busy with hundreds of workers flying back to camps north of Fort McMurray.
Officials said earlier today that the air quality in the area was at dangerous levels.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the air quality index is normally one to 10 with 10 being the worst.
On Monday morning, the air quality index read 38.
With files from Emily Mertz.