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Authorities in Alberta are getting a depressing handle on the burning of Fort McMurray, where a catastrophic wildfire forced the flight of more than 90,000 people and torched an area half the size of Rhode Island.

Nearly 10% of the city has been destroyed, including at least 2,400 structures, a spokesperson for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said.

The fires was named “the Beast”, and the fire area is approximately 3,527 square kilometers.

After the local fire department received the fire report on May 1, the fire range spread rapidly from about 12 square kilometers to 2200 square kilometers only in a few days due to strong winds and warm weather with drought. More than 8.8 million people were forced to evacuate.

US IHS Energy analysis, the burned resources per day is equivalent to 120 million barrels of oil per day in last two weeks.
Oil facilities were affected, resulting in at least more than 985 million Canadian dollars in economic losses, it is expected to account for 0.06% of Canada's gross domestic product (GDP) this year.

CNN: Fort McMurray fire: 2,400 structures gone, 10% of city destroyed. By Holly Yan and Dan Simon, CNN. Updated 1901 GMT (0301 HKT) May 9, 2016.