Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We expect weeks, if not months, fighting this fire

May 24, 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘We expect weeks, if not months, fighting this fire: Despite much of the province seeing a cold, wet May long weekend, the Fort McMurray wildfire saw very little rain. The west edge of the fire received between three and five millimetres of rain while the northern edge – where the fire is most active – saw none at all. “Most of the growth is in those northern sections,” wildfire manager Chad Morrison said. “There was no rain received in the north or eastern portions. In the Fort McMurray area, there was very little rain.” As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the wildfire was 522,895 hectares in size. International crews helping: An additional 1,000 firefighters should be on the ground in the next two weeks from other parts of Canada, the United States and other parts of the world. There are currently 1,200 firefighters on scene, the majority of which are Alberta crews being rotated through. This week, firefighters from across parts of Canada, and the U.S., including Alaska, will arrive. Next week, international crews, including 280 firefighters from South Africa are expected to arrive. Global News

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