An eruption of flame: RCMP officer says 'Get out - NOW'

Our crew arrived in Fort McMurray just after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The smoke could be seen from a long way off, but we didn’t see flames until we stopped at airport road. At 2:09 p.m. it looked threatening, but we were not prepared for what happened next - 36 minutes later it was on us.

A firsthand account of fleeing the wildfire by CBC producer Terry Reith