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Published: Tue, May 10, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Canada fire: "In no way is this under control"

Canada fire:

"The support that we've seen from Canadians across the country - different provinces sending over water bombers, engaged in all sorts of different ways, firefighters coming from all across the country to help", Trudeau said.

Chad Morrison, senior wildfire manager for Alberta, said yesterday that "with a little help from mother nature and a bit of a break in the weather", along with the hard work of some 500 firefighters, most fire lines in Fort McMurray had been contained.

"Thank you so much to everyone involved in all of these efforts to get people to safety".

For an inferno deemed "out of control" and 0% contained, firefighters battling the Fort McMurray wildfire are actually optimistic.

Some journalists would also be allowed into the city, but Notley warned that any photos could be devastating to displaced residents.

Officials said that, even though the fire had largely pushed through Fort McMurray and was heading quickly northeast through dry boreal forests, the town was still too risky to enter.

In this image released by the Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), members of the RCMP inspect burnt out homes destroyed by the Fort McMurray Wildfire, on May 7, 2016 in Fort McMurray, Canada. He said in the early stages he feared that as much as half the city could burn down.

As the fire continues to grow, 80,000 people from Fort McMurray (the oil city), and thousands are still stuck in the north, were forced to evacuate.

"We can really get in there and really get a handle on this fire and really get a death grip on it", he said.

Federal Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale says they "may have turned a corner" but he is urging caution just the same. It's a lot better than I thought it was.

Officials said there is no timeline to return residents to the city, but the Alberta government has begun preliminary planning, though it stresses fighting the fire is still the first priority.

After forcing more than 90,000 people to flee their homes in Alberta, the blaze now is heading east toward Saskatchewan province.

Oil output has been slashed by between a million and 1.5 million barrels of oil per day, a steep decline from around 2.5 million barrels daily.

Alberta's oil sands have the third-largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

David Yurdiga said it might be years before the city was returned to normal.

At a media briefing on Monday, Fort McMurray's fire chief provided a detailed update about the destruction the wildfire has left in its wake, but he also shared some stories of everyday heroism.

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