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Ben Gale, a boilermaker at Syncrude, evacuated his work camp north of Fort McMurray and has joined a 400-vehicle convoy driving south along Hwy. 63 to Lac La Biche. Fifty vehicles at a time are being allowed to pass through Fort McMurray. Police are circling overhead in helicopters to ensure safety and watch for a change in wind direction and approaching wildfire.

The convoy stops on Hwy 63 north of Fort McMurray waiting for permission to proceed south.

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Only 50 vehicles at a time are allowed to proceed through Fort McMurray.

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Drivers wait their turn to proceed.

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The convoy drives through Fort McMurray.

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Smoke is everywhere in Fort McMurray and it appears cars have been abandoned.

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A camper van is abandoned in the median.

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The charred remains of a Super 8 are seen through the window.

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Ahead, on the left, a bus has been abandoned.

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