Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 10:15 AM ET

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NAT066 - (YEAR-News-Story) UNDATED. x-31s. (Bill Graveland) A vicious, seemingly unrelenting wildfire that laid waste to a large swath of Canada's oilsands region has been picked as Canada's top news story of 2016. (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

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NAT067 - (YEAR-News-Story) FORT McMURRAY, Alta. x-13s. The wildfire that forced nearly 90-thousand people to flee Fort McMurray in May has been voted the top news story of 2016 by senior editors across the country. The disaster got 39 of the 67 votes cast in the annual survey. Fort McMurray Fire Chief Darby Allen says he's worried about how the community will react during next year's wildfire season. ("..we doing.") (second reference) (SOURCE: The Canadian Press)

TAG: Allen says he plans to retire in February and move away from Fort McMurray.

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NAT068 - (YEAR-News-Story) FORT McMURRAY, Alta. x-07s. The wildfire that forced nearly 90-thousand people to flee Fort McMurray in May has been voted the top news story of 2016 by senior editors across the country. The disaster got 39 of the 67 votes cast in the annual survey. Erin O'Neill is the operations manager for the city's recovery task force. She says the rebuilding process is going well. ("..all complete.") (SOURCE: The Canadian Press)

TAG: O'Neill says 160 homes have begun construction and she expects activity will really pick up in the spring.

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NAT069 - (YEAR-News-Story) FORT McMURRAY, Alta. x-11s. The wildfire that forced nearly 90-thousand people to flee Fort McMurray in May has been voted the top news story of 2016 by senior editors across the country. The disaster got 39 of the 67 votes cast in the annual survey. Erin O'Neill is the operations manager for the city's recovery task force. She says the demolition and debris removal is complete and rebuilding has begun. ("..the ground.") (SOURCE: The Canadian Press)

TAG: O'Neill says so far, 350 rebuilding permits have been approved. …

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