Oilfield camps throw open their doors, but supplies are becoming scarce

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About 3,000 people Fort McMurray residents stayed in Civeo’s lodges Tuesday night.

CALGARY – On Tuesday night, after an out-of-control wildfire forced the entire city of Fort McMurray to evacuate, Sheldon Loyer and his fiancée escaped northbound, toward camps set up to house oilfield workers.

Loyer, a heavy-equipment technician, slept in the parking lot in front of his company’s office, before heading back south to meet family in Sylvan Lake, Alta., after hearing that the highway had opened briefly on Wednesday. As they drove, they passed many others who had spent the night on the side of the road as they headed north, searching for a safe place to hole up.

“We were wearing our respirators just so we could breathe,” Loyer said of his drive through the city.


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