The Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control, now 522,892 hectares in size, including 741 hectares in Saskatchewan.
That comes from the Provincial update, issued at 3PM Sunday.
There are 1,880 firefighters, 104 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and 29 air tankers currently battling the fires.
Re-entry plans are underway for a few work camps in the Anzac and Wood Buffalo regions, including: Nexen Kinosis, PTI Kinosis, PTI Anzac, Surmont, Cheecham Lodge, Nexen Long Lake, the HML Lodge, and Gregoire River.
Meanwhile, a wildfire about eight km’s west of Janvier is being held, and is estimated to be 146 hectares in size.
The fire in the Fox Creek area now covers 660 hectares of land, and is also being held.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, who lost his home to the Fort McMurray wildfire, has been working closely with Premier Rachel Notley during the disaster.
“I think the ultimate issue here is my constituents, and that’s what I’ve focused on,” says Jean. “If the Premier comes up with good ideas, I’m going to support those good ideas if they help my constituents and it’s what they want. If they’re bad ideas, then I’m going to make sure she knows they’re bad ideas and I’m going to fight against them.”
Jean says he thinks the fact that politicians can work together is a good sign for the people, adding if politicians can’t work together, they can’t provide the things that people need and want.
The province says gas service has now been restored to about 75 percent of undamaged structures in Fort McMurray, adding electricity has been restored to more than 90 percent of undamaged structures in the community.
Jean remains hopeful that residents will be able to begin returning on the 1st of June.
“There’s no question that everybody wanted to return the same day the fire devastated our community, but safety is job number one. It’s just a relief to know that there’s a plan in place to return to Fort McMurray as soon as possible for the residents who want to get back to their homes and want to get back to their lives.” (td)