As the fire from Fort McMurray continues to move, officials with the Alberta government announced Tuesday that 1,000 additional fire crews from the United States, South Africa and elsewhere in Canada will be joining the fight this week.
Chad Morrison, the senior wildlife manager for the province, said that he was disappointed by the “touch of rain” that hit the impacted region during the long weekend, but noted that cooler temperatures assisted the containment efforts.
The southernmost parts of the fire saw between three and five millimetres of rain over the weekend, while none made it to the northern edge.
The fire has grown to approximately 5,230 sq. km–or 522,892 hectares–according to Morrison, with 25 sq. km spreading across the border into Saskatchewan.
“This fire is not under control by any means,” he said. “But we continue to make great progress.”
Municipal Affairs Min. Danielle Larivee said that evacuated work camps are actively being inspected for re-opening potential.
A phased re-entry for about 80,000 evacuated Fort McMurray residents is still set to begin on June 1, if conditions are safe.