Alberta Wildfire May Reach Saskatchewan
LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (AP) — Officials in Alberta say a raging wildfire burning in the western Canadian province is expected to grow in the northeastern sector, creating a good possibility the fire will reach the neighboring Saskatchewan border.
Chad Morrison of Alberta Wildfire says extreme fire conditions will persist for the next two days. He says although it's not as hot Saturday as it has been since the fire ignited May 1, it remains extremely dry and windy.
More than 80,000 people have left Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada' oil sands, where the fire has torched 1,600 homes and other buildings.
Morrison says unless there's significant rainfall, officials expect to be fighting fires in the forested area for months to come, noting that's not uncommon with such large fires.
The blaze now covers more than 385,476 acres.