Firefighters battling the giant wildfire near Fort McMurray are finally getting a break from Mother Nature.
Efforts have been ongoing, day and night, to get the 5,000 square kilometre fire under control.
Wildfire Information Officer Laura Stewart tells the Alberta Morning News, while it has been cooler, it’s not necessarily as wet as firefighters would like.
“We haven’t had much in the way of rain in Fort McMurray yet, but it is in the forecast, so we’re hopeful and waiting to see how that plays out,” says Stewart. “But with that being said, cooler temperatures and higher humidity are currently helping firefighters, right now.”
In spite of the rain, the province is urging everyone to be careful with any open flames if they’re out camping this weekend.
“Conditions were quite extreme before we received this moisture, so it’s important to keep that in mind when out enjoying Alberta’s forests this long weekend,” she says. “Make sure you use extra caution.”
Stewart adds there’s around 1,000 additional firefighters who have been called in from outside Alberta to assist the effort around the province. (scb, AMN)