Fort McMurray wildfire cuts Canada's oil output by a third

Raging forest fires that prompted evacuation of a Canadian city were advancing more slowly Sunday

"We're just beginning to become aware of the economic impacts", said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who will visit Fort McMurray on Friday.

"What happened in 2015 has actually created a fire barrier from some of these Fort McMurray fires, should they come across the border". He previously stated that it didn't make sense for him to attend and take personnel away from fighting the fire and ensuring the safety of those in the area.

On Monday, Notley toured Fort McMurray, along with the mayor, city planners and a small group of journalists.

FirstEnergy Capital analyst Martin King believed fuel prices could drop lower than shipping costs because of the cutbacks in oil production.

Notley said the halted production affects the livelihood of thousands of Canadians, with both companies and the government losing revenue.

In the days following the devastating fires, dozens of videos have shown up on Facebook and Youtube with songs about the disaster. The energy industry uses natural gas product in the oilsands production process.

But the blaze that began on May 1 continued to burn through the province of Alberta, engulfing 229,000 hectares (560,000 acres) of land after it spread east to connect with another fire burning near Campbell Lake, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Fort McMurray, whose 88,000 residents were evacuated.

More than 1,200 firefighters, 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment, and 27 air tankers are fighting fires across the province.

"I too... congratulate the fearless firefighters and first responders who have been there to do extraordinary work through these awful blazes in Fort McMurray", Trudeau said.

Authorities have warned that authorisation for evacuees to return to their homes, or what is left of them, is not likely to be forthcoming for several weeks.

However, Notley said the city is still not safe to return and they will be able to provide the evacuees with a schedule to return within two weeks.

Alberta Health Services said there were more than 110 cases of what appears to be viral gastroenteritis at some evacuation centres.

People were suffering from fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

"Nexen is in contact with the provincial emergency response team and has received reports on the fire situation, but until we gain access to our site, the status of our facility is still unknown at this time", the company said in a statement.

The bulk of the city's evacuees moved south after a mandatory evacuation order, but 25,000 went north and were housed in camps normally used for oil sands workers until they also could be evacuated south. Notley thanked the industry for helping the evacuees. "It's nearly like being reunited with a loved one - something like, say you haven't seen for the last week, you finally get a chance to see if the stories are true in a sense", said Clarke.

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