The winds and warm temperatures are doing little to assist firefighting efforts in Fort McMurray.
Alberta Wildfire updated the scenario this evening at seven:
The forecast for tomorrow is calling for warm temperatures, strong gusty winds from the west and southwest, and there is no rain in the long term forecast.
The strong gusty winds this afternoon caused the wildfire to exhibit extreme behavior so it has grown in all directions.
The west part of the fire is burning five kilometres away from, and parallel to the community.
The burned area between the community and the active wildfire is acting as a fire guard.
The north side of the wildfire has crossed Tower Road.
The far east side of the wildfire is approximately 10 – 12 kilometres from the Saskatchewan border, and the south side of the wildfire remains approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Janvier.
Firefighters will be measuring the growth this evening and a new map will be available tomorrow.