WANDERING RIVER, Alberta (AP) – Some rain has started falling in the area where a massive wildfire continues to devastate parts of Alberta. But officials say a lot more rainfall will be needed to make a dent in the huge blaze that has forced more than 80,000 people from their homes in Fort McMurray, where the fire has torched 1,600 homes and other buildings.
The Alberta government says the blaze will soon cover more than 495,000 acres and will continue to grow because of high temperatures, dry conditions and high winds. Chad Morrison of Alberta Wildfire said it’s not uncommon to fight such an inferno in forested areas for months.
Morrison said the fire was burning away from communities this weekend. He expected cooler temperatures and expected some rainfall Sunday, but significant rainfall is needed.