Oil prices surge above $45 amid Canadian wildfire

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A devastating wildfire that has emptied a Canadian town of some 88,000 people in the heart of the country’s oil sands region sent petroleum prices upward Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, was up 2.8% to $45.02 a barrel after rising as high as $46.07. Brent crude, the world benchmark, rose 2.6% to $45.77.
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