“We’ve made our work camp available to staff and their families who have been evacuated and need a place to stay,” said Cameron Yost of Shell Canada.
“We are looking at getting non-essential people out by aircraft,” said Yost, who added Shell’s camp could accommodate hundreds of evacuees.
Shell’s camp is about 95 kilometres away and remained operating late Tuesday. Still, precautions were being taken.
Officials were also evacuating non-essential staff at Suncor’s base plant, at 30 kilometres away one of the closest facilities to the city, said spokesman Paul Newmarch. Evacuees were moving in to the plant’s work camps.
@Camshaft1389 it is for people who have not safely evacuated to a camp or out of the area. If you are in a camp, stay put and stay safe.
— Suncor Energy Inc. (@suncorenergy) May 4, 2016
“We’re providing transportation and accommodation to the region to support the evacuation,” he said. “We’re making whatever we have available to support the evacuation.”
Will Gibson, a spokesman for Syncrude, which has a plant about 35 kilometres north of town, was himself one of the evacuees heading north away from the flames.
“People are actually being evacuated toward the plants,” he said. “We’re being instructed to go to work camps in the region and report in there. We’re assuming it will be more than a night.”