Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s unlikely Canadians truly understand the scope of what happened in Fort McMurray.
Following a helicopter tour, Trudeau boarded a bus for a ground tour of the partly scorched community.
He says despite getting updates and seeing images, the magnitude of the disaster didn’t hit him until he toured the northern Alberta city today.
Trudeau praised first responders for the work they did saving most of the city, calling it extraordinary and unbelievable.
He adds Fort McMurray and the oilsands region have been a major economic contributor for years, and now that Fort McMurray needs help, Canada will return the favour.
Trudeau also met Fire Chief Darby Allen, who presented the PM with his own Fort McMurray fire jacket.
Crews are still dousing hotspots, but inspectors are assessing the damage as the focus shifts from firefighting to recovery.
The province says it will take five days to assess all the surviving structures in the city, but there’s still no timetable for people to return home.