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The remains of a house are seen in Fort McMurray, Alta.Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg

Alberta is organizing a centralized donation program for residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray and says it will avoid mistakes from the Slave Lake fire when new clothes ended up in the garbage dump.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee says if Fort McMurray receives more donations than needed, items will be redirected to other charities.

Larivee says the province is partnering with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to co-ordinate donations.

Items still being accepted include gently used furniture, food, bedding, baby food, bottles and formula.

There has been an outpouring of donations since last month's fire, which destroyed one-tenth of the city and forced more than 80,000 people to flee.

A similar show of support followed a fire that destroyed parts of Slave Lake in 2011, but some donations, including new children's clothing, were later found in a landfill.