Fort McMurray, Alberta and surrounding communities may not have seen the worst of a devastating wildfire.
Chad Morrison, a Wildfire Compliance and Investigations Manager says tankers will not stop this fire.
“This fire is an extreme fire event, it’s going to continue to push through these dry conditions until we actually get some significant rain to help us.”
Massive walls of flames prompted authorities to order the evacuation of all 80-thousand residents.
Now those same residents are faced with packing their bags again.
Officials with the rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo ordered evacuations after weather patterns suggested Anzac, Gregoire Lake esates and Fort McMurray First Nation were in the path of the flames.
The closest evacuation centre is Lac La Biche, but Julie MacIssac with the county says they can’t take more people in.
“What we will continue to do is continue to feed people, help them with clothing, toiletries and just see maybe this is a pit stop for some people, we’ll be able to find more housing perhaps.”
Premier Rachel Notley says roughly 16 hundred structures have been decimated by the flames and has declared a state of emergency.
In size, the fire is estimated to be 85 thousand hectares.
Scott Long with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency says officials are watching the winds very carefully.
“Possibly crossing over the the Athabasca, that’s worst case scenario”
Long says at this time the only people in the area are first responders.
The blaze started on Sunday and it appeared firefighters would get it under control yesterday morning, but the winds shifted quickly pushed the flames along a ravine and into the city.
Politicians of all stripes have sent their condolences and words of support to the city, including Alberta’s Opposition leader.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean — the member of the legislature for the area– says his home along with businesses that have been in his family for three generations were lost.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also addressed the ongoing threat to homes and residents.
The federal government will match all donations to help those displaced by the wildfires.