FORT McMURRAY WILDFIRE COULD DOUBLE IN SIZE

May 07, 2016

By Bob Sheppard

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There’s rain on the way, but not enough to put out the massive Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire.

There’s a 30 percent chance of showers late Sunday morning and a 50 percent chance Sunday night. But crews fighting the devastating blaze say they need a hevy, continuous soaking rain in order to get the upper hand.

And along with the rain, there are more strong winds expected, and they’ll likely fan the flames.

The monster blaze is expected to be double in size by the end of Saturday, and officials say it could burn for weeks..

In the meantime, thousands of people who fled Fort McMurray and headed north to the oilsands work camps are being moved south Saturday, either by road or by air, in order to be better accomomdated.

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