Oil companies offer assistance to residents affected by Fort McMurray fires

Many of the oil sands companies in the Fort McMurray area are offering shelter and other assistance to local residents who are coping with a large forest fire that is threatening the city. Canadian Natural Resources is providing accommodation for 800 people at its camp. "We have offered the support of our aerodrome services to government officials for firefighting efforts and a portion of our firefighters and equipment are in the city helping to fight fires. Many people are currently moving in and out of camp, and daily operations remain stable," said the company in a statement. Shell's Albian Sands mining operations has temporarily stopped production so workers and their families can concentrate on avoiding the fire. The company is also making a work camp available for workers and using its air strip to fly workers to Edmonton and Calgary. Suncor is reducing production at its facility to allow workers and their families to get to safety. It is also working with the regional emergency response to help coordinate the evacuation efforts. Suncor employees can call the Suncor Family Response line at Red Cross has also set up a donation page.