It may have been a typical wet May long weekend in and around Edmonton but firefighters battling the blaze near Fort McMurray are still holding out hope for more rain.
Laura Stewart, a Fire Information Officer, says there was only about five milimetres of rain that fell over the fire and they’re not expecting more until Thursday.
“There was approximately three milimetres of rain that was received on the western portion of the wildfire, in addition to two milimetres received on Saturday,” explains Stewart.
She adds moisture has been minimal in the area and that keeps the fire fueled.
“One thing that has happened is that the temperature has decreased significantly from where they were before and we’re having higher humidity levels and the winds are quite calm,” explains Steward. “So this has given firefighters the chance to really make some great progress.”
Stewart says they need a lot more moisture to combat the dryness.
“We will need a significant amount of rain to fall on the Fort McMurray area to recover from the state the wildfire hazard is in, it is extreme at the moment,” explains Stewart. “There hasn’t been a lot of rain but the temperatures are cooler.”
Stewart says the fire is growing in Saskatchewan now.
“We have representatives from Saskatchewan that are embedded in our team that are working closely with us on the wildfire and they are doing everything they can,” explains Stewart.
Stewart says there is a 30 per cent chance of rain expected in Fort McMurray Thursday and periods of rain forecast for Friday. (twd, Newstalk770)