Fort McMurray Wildfire - One Week Later

Posted by on Sunday, May 8, 2016

It is raining in Fort McMurray but it won't be nearly enough to coke the massive wildfire that has been burning for a week now. A special air quality statement remains in effect. Over the next several days it will be noticeably cooler.

Officials say that the Fort McMurray wildfire is still spreading. The fire is so massive that only significant rain can bring it under control. In fact the fire may burn for months.

Premier Rachel Notley is warning residents to stay out of Fort McMurray.

There is still is no timeline for residents to be allowed back. The Alberta government has stressed that fighting the fire is still the first priority.

Damage is estimated to be at $9 billion in insurance claims.

Currently Deployed:
  • 15 helicopters
  • 88 fire engines
  • 12 pieces of heavy equipment
  • 27 air tankers available

  • 500 firefighters in Fort McMurray
  • 66 firefighters in Anzac
  • 82 wildfire fighters from Ontario
  • 22 wildfire experts from Manitoba

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