• Weather aids firefighters battling blaze in Canada oil region

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    FORT MCMURRAY, Canada: Authorities battling a forest fire in Canada looked to Mother Nature for more help Monday, as cooling temperatures and rain slowed the spread of the blaze that had forced the evacuation of an entire city. There was more good news too, with the amount of land charred less than originally feared and the last of 25,000 people trapped north of Fort McMurray in Alberta province safely evacuated in road convoys through the ruined oil city. Oil facilities have escaped major damage, officials said, and there have been no fatalities directly linked to the blaze. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and other officials said the fires raging for days around Fort McMurray were moving “much, much more slowly” thanks to a bit of rain and cooler temperatures.

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