An update from Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee this morning indicates the wildfire in the Fort McMurray area is still out of control.
Larivee says more resources will be thrown at the fire including one thousand more firefighters from the rest of Canada, the US, and even South Africa over the next two weeks.
She says there was some growth on the northern perimeter of the fire, but cooler conditions on the weekend allowed firefighters to get in closer.
She adds re-entry is still on track for June 1st.
Alberta Wildfire Manager Chad Morrison says the fire is just under 523,000 hectares in size including about 2500 hectares in Saskatchewan. Morrison says there’s been very little rain in Fort McMurray but the cooler weather did allow dozers to complete a 175 kilometre fire guard.
In a question and answer session, Morrison says although the fire is spreading north and northeast, it always has the potential to swing back towards Fort McMurray. He says crews continue to work at securing sites and the area. He says as long as the prevailing winds are pushing the fire away from oil sands sites, there is no immediate threat to those sites.
Scott Long from Alberta Emergency Management Agency says a lot of work is continuing in preparation of re-entry. He says they’ll be doing a rehearsal of the re-entry in order to find gaps in the process.
Long says before residents are able to surveil damaged areas like Beacon Hill, Abasand, and Waterways, the areas have to be made safe.