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Mining trucks carry loads of oil laden sand at the Albian Sands oils sands project in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Friday, August 5, 2005. (AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh)

(Bloomberg) – Suncor Energy Inc. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc reduced their production in the heart of Canada’s main oil-sands region and converted their work camps into shelters to aid fleeing residents of a wildfire that’s racing across Alberta.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced by the fire to flee Fort McMurray as emergency crews worked to contain the blaze, which has destroyed 30 square kilometers (12 square miles), CBC News reported. Residents fled north to where most of the nearby oil sands sites are located to company worker camps. Shell said Wednesday it shut its 255,000 barrel-a-day Albian Sands oil sands mine to deal with evacuating workers after Suncor said Tuesday it was reducing output at its facilities in the region to allow workers and their families to get to safety.

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