Fort McMurray

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Fort McMurray
Fort McMurray Urban Service Area
Aerial view of Fort McMurray with Athabasca River
Aerial view of Fort McMurray with Athabasca River
Motto(s): 
We Have The Energy
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionNorthern Alberta
Census division16
Specialized municipalityR.M. of Wood Buffalo
Settled1870
Village1947
Town1948
City1 September 1980
Urban area1 April 1995
Government
 • MayorMelissa Blake
 • MPBrian Jean
 • MLAGuy Boutilier
Area
 (2011)
 • Total59.89 km2 (23.12 sq mi)
Elevation
370 m (1,214 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total61,374
 • Density1,024.8/km2 (2,654/sq mi)
 See Demographics section for population from R.M. of Wood Buffalo's 2010 municipal census.
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)+1-780
HighwaysHighway 63
WaterwaysAthabasca River
Clearwater River
WebsiteR.M. of Wood Buffalo

Fort McMurray is a small city in Northern Alberta. The city is also known as the Wood Buffalo Region. Fort McMurray has been popular because of the oil sands production which attracts thousands of people to move to Fort McMurray and work. Over the years, the construction around the city has been moving fast with new buildings, bridges, and wellness centres.

A major fire broke out in May 2016.