Hero on horseback gets her animals out of path of Canadian wildfire

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An image has emerged of a woman evacuating her horses the old-fashioned way from the path of the massive wildfire burning in Alberta, Canada.

Ellie Ross posted the image to her Facebook page, saying the unnamed woman and her three horses were headed south out of Fort McMurray, a city where authorities ordered a complete evacuation.

About 88,000 people have moved out of the path of the wildfire, which has so far burned across at least 7500 hectares (29 square miles). It is the largest evacuation in the province’s history.

Alberta has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of firefighters battle to contain the blaze.

Ross said the image was taken in Fort McMurray.

“They made it out safe and are headed south,” she reported.

“Bless her heart, evacuating the only way she can and not leaving them behind.”

Meanwhile, the blaze swept into Fort McMurray, about 430 kilometers north of Edmonton, with some neighborhoods reportedly destroyed.

Albertans have opened their doors to the thousands of displaced residents across the blaze region. Traffic jams and fuel shortages have made evacuation efforts difficult for some.

Soaring temperatures and dry conditions have fuelled the blaze, but firefighters hope cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and a wind change forecast for Thursday will aid their efforts.

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