State of emergency declared as wildfire continues to threaten Canadian city

Firefighters are continuing to battle the blaze after more than 1,600 homes were destroyed

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The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers has said it is "unbelievable" how his country is coming together in the face of raging wildfires.

The Canadian province of Alberta has declared a state of emergency after wildfires destroyed around 1,600 homes.

The disaster has forced more than 80,000 residents to flee the their homes.

Tens of thousands left the city of Fort McMurray after a mandatory evacuation order was issued.

The fire is being blamed on unseasonably hot temperatures and dry conditions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the country stands "ready to help" those in Alberta.

Speaking to Highland Radio in Donegal, Ambassador Vickers says he is very proud.

CBC reports that 250 firefighters, 12 helicopters and 17 air tankers have been taking part in the efforts to bring the blaze under control.

Fort McMurray suburbs Waterways and Beacon Hill are said to have been worst affected, with around 90% of homes in Waterways reported to have been destroyed.