Alberta wildfire grows to 385,000 acres

LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (AP) The Alberta government says the massive wildfire in the province now covers more than 156,000 hectares (385,476 acres) and is expected to grow.

That number includes burned areas and those areas still in flames. The fire was 101,000 hectares (249,571 acres) on Saturday and officials believed it could double in size.

Canadian officials are continuing to transport residents of wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray out of the area.

Syncrude, a major oil sands mining company in Alberta, is shutting down operations and removing all personnel from their site because of the massive wildfire in the area.

The company said in a statement that while there is no imminent threat from fire smoke that has reached its Mildred Lake site. They intend to have all personnel out this weekend and started the evacuation early Saturday.

Syncrude says they will restore operations when there is no risk and said despite the extraordinary measures the jobs of more than 4,800 employees remain secure.