A welcomed bit of relief for crews in Fort McMurray, the weather along with the hard work of firefighters slowed the growth of the wildfire.
In an update with media on Sunday afternoon Premier Rachel Notley announced that all evacuees who were north of Fort McMurray were safely relocated to communities south of the blaze.
Officials also announced that the growth of the fire was much slower than anticipated. It was estimated that the fire would span about 250,000-300,000 hectares by Saturday late-night but as of 10:30 Sunday morning the fire was estimated to be 161,000 hectares.
Premier Rachel Notley grew teary eyed when talking about the two people who died in traffic accidents during evacuations.
“This is Mother’s Day. I’m hoping in all of this crisis to spend a few minutes today with my own children. That not all of us can do that is definitely an awful tragedy so today, Mother’s Day all of us in Alberta are thinking of you who have suffered these losses”.
The Premier said that she intend’s to visit the fire ravaged city Monday if it’s safe. She also said that officials, with the help of first-responders, are trying to organize a media tour, reiterating that it will only be done if safe to do so.
She said that the images from the media will be graphic and reminded people that there are mental health supports available.
ATCO Gas and Electric crews are working in Fort McMurray to restore the power grid and gas lines however Notley stressed that re-entry into the area will take some time.