Global News' Fort McMurray Fire Video Makes YouTube Top 10 Of 2016

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It's a television moment many Albertans won't soon forget – video of Global News reporter Reid Fiest reporting from the frontlines of the raging Fort McMurray wildfire.

And now it's a video that will go down as one of Canada's top videos of 2016.

YouTube released their list of clips, music videos and movie trailers Tuesday, and the spectacular footage captured in May by the Global News crew claims the number 10 spot on Canada's top trending videos of the year.

"I don’t actually remember saying those words," Fiest recalls in a piece he wrote for Global News about the risky assignment.

"But I know they’re what everyone remembers."

"Looking back, we were probably too close, but the fire was growing and moving so fast."

To date, the video has been viewed more than 1.14 million times.

Fiest goes on to share the anxiety felt by the news crew as they moved around Fort McMurray, trying to keep out of the fire's path. Eventually, they were surrounded and realized they had to escape — and quickly.

"Looking back, we were probably too close, but the fire was growing and moving so fast."

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