Fire in Canada still out of control, could double in size

"We're overwhelmed, everybody's overwhelmed with how much the whole country has supported us", said Sarah, who evacuated with her family without knowing where they would end up.

(AP Photo/Rachel La Corte).

Entire neighbourhoods were reduced to ruins, but most evacuees fled without knowing the fate of their own homes. Smoke has been spotted as far south as Florida.

Alberta government officials say the Ft. Meanwhile, a massive evacuation of residents displaced by the blaze came to an end.

Morrison of Alberta Wildfires said cooler temperatures were expected Sunday and over the next week. "This fire will continue to burn for a very long time until we see some significant rain".

Mandatory evacuations orders remain for Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation, although provincial officials are making preliminary re-entry plans to ensure a safe return. The fire's large and spreading range means firefighters can only try to direct the blaze away from populated areas rather than extinguish it. And without a major rainfall, that likely won't happen for months, officials have said.

If the rain continues - and there is a 70% chance of it falling Sunday night and a 40% chance of precipitation Monday - relative humidity will increase over the week. "Lots of it", Tweeted the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, where Fort McMurray lies.

"In no way is this fire under control", Alberta's Premier Rachel Notley told reporters.

Notley was also scheduled to meet leaders from the province's oil industry on Tuesday to discuss the state of their operations and a timeline for restarting them.

In just one week, the wildfires that started in Alberta last Sunday have wiped out over 2,000 square kilometers of forest in Northern Alberta. This is Mother's Day.

Emily Ryan, 15, and her stepmother's nephew, Aaron Hodgson, died in the accident a day after the fire drove 80,000 people from the city.

The fire has devastated a region rich in oil, with up to a quarter of Canada's oil output halted. The region contains the third-largest reserves of oil in the world, behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Its workers largely live in Fort McMurray where some neighborhoods have been destroyed.

The fire is expected to expand into a more remote forested area northeast of Fort McMurray, Morrison said.

Many evacuees arrived in Edmonton by plane Friday.

In the latest harrowing chapter, police convoys shuttling cars south to safety through Fort McMurray resumed at dawn. He said he and others accepted donations for four days in Olds before heading here. "For us this is great firefighting weather". "I know what it's like to wonder what is left from your home", she told the briefing. "I'm very blessed and grateful", she said.

Trailer trucks bringing three bulldozers passed through the barricade as did other authorized vehicles with supplies.

Still, authorities have recorded no fatalities directly linked to the blaze, and winds were pushing the fires away from Fort McMurray. "Hopefully we can get back to McKay in a few weeks or so. We care about all of you". She says the fire is still west of the Saskatchewan border.

Authorities had expressed fear the fire could spread east to Saskatchewan province. The centre is also helping people who need an emergency change of clothes, food and other help.

The Canadian government is offering health and mental health services for the people who had to suddenly leave their homes, often with little preparation. A kennel houSed people's pets on site.

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