A massive wildfire is threatening the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, forcing people out of their homes.
The fire initially started on Sunday, but has grown rapidly since and has now made its way into the city of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for several neighborhoods in different parts of Fort McMurray on Tuesday afternoon with voluntary evacuations in place for the rest of the city.
Several homes have also been destroyed as of late Tuesday afternoon.
My harrowing drive evacuating #ymm praying for my friends pic.twitter.com/XGFWfavqR2— Jordan J Stuffco (@jstuffcocrimlaw) May 3, 2016
Flames coming right next to the highway. We need to move again #ymm #ymmfire pic.twitter.com/ibrsmfydDV— BreannaKarstensSmith (@BreannaCTV) May 3, 2016
Hey Canada- let's make sure you have Fort McMurray in your thoughts right now. #yeg #ymmfire #ymm #wildfire pic.twitter.com/oo1ypgLhBA— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) May 3, 2016
Scary scary scary. I love this town #ymm pic.twitter.com/SWFiyEpf0R— Sinead (@SidlySquidly) May 3, 2016
Scene at #ymm mall downtown. They were just told to shut doors & let ppl go home to get ready for poss evac. #cbc pic.twitter.com/PlbZ3aa5pu— Marion Warnica (@warnicam) May 3, 2016
Traffic was at a standstill on some roads exiting the city as thousands of people drove to safety.
Long lines also developed at gas stations as people stopped to fill up their vehicles before escaping to safety.
This is the view behind me. Traffic isn't moving at all. #ymm #ymmfire pic.twitter.com/OahZcAYhjp— Trevor Norris (@TNorrisYEG) May 3, 2016
Long lines 4 gas in Timberlea as more residents across Fort McMurray prepare to evacuate if necessary #ymmfire #ymm pic.twitter.com/PkhYIGbFZC— Leithan Slade (@LeithanSlade) May 3, 2016
So far, the blaze has burned over 2,600 hectares (10 square miles) and continues to grow.
"The fire conditions are extreme," Darby Allen, regional fire chief for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, said during an 11 a.m. update Tuesday.
"The humidity levels are going to be decreased quicker because the ambient temperature is hotter, so that means the fire will be able to go more ferociously and quicker than in days previously," Allen added.
The smoke from the wildfire has also created poor air quality across the region. People with respiratory issues should stay alert and minimize their exposure to the smoky air.
Continue to check back with AccuWeather for updates on the fire.