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The smouldering remains of houses outside Slave Lake, Alta., on Monday May 16, 2011. A firestorm swept through the town of 7,000 destroying upwards of 30 percent of the buildings.

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The smouldering remains of houses outside Slave Lake, Alta., on May 16, 2011. A firestorm swept through the town of 7,000 destroying upwards of 30 percent of the buildings.

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Flames from forest fires near Widewater, Alberta May 15, 2011.

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Flames from forest fires near Widewater, Alberta May 15, 2011.

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Flames from forest fires near Widewater, Alberta May 15, 2011.

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Flames from forest fires near Widewater, Alberta May 15, 2011.

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Flames from forest fires near Widewater, Alberta May 15, 2011.

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Flames from forest fires near Widewater, Alberta May 15, 2011.

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Flames from forest fires near Widewater, Alberta May 15, 2011.

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White smoke rises around Slave Lake, 300 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday May 15, 2011. Over a thousand people were ordered to leave their homes on Sunday when strong winds fanned two separate wildfires that burned on either side of a northern Alberta town.

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A water bomber drops it's water on a fire, 160 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday May 15, 2011. Over a thousand people were ordered to leave their homes on Sunday when strong winds fanned two separate wildfires that burned on either side of a northern Alberta town.

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Firefighters work on a wild fire 160 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday May 15, 2011. Over a thousand people were ordered to leave their homes on Sunday when strong winds fanned two separate wildfires that burned on either side of a northern Alberta town.

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Residents of Slave Lake and area evacuate as smoke billows on the horizon 300 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday May 15, 2011. Over a thousand people were ordered to leave their homes on Sunday when strong winds fanned two separate wildfires that burned on either side of a northern Alberta town.

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Slave Lake city hall burns. Photo taken by local radio station 92.7 Lake FM which has also burned down.

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