Official said that the massive wildfire in Albeta have forced the evacuation of almost 90,000 people and is gradually showing signs of slowing down, thanks to the hard work of firefighters and a turn in the weather.
A cold front did not bring expected showers Sunday night but the area did see lower temperatures and more humidity.
If the rain does come and there is a 40% chance of showers Monday morning, relative humidity will increase over the week, helping firefighters. Temperatures are predicted to hover in the mid-50s through midweek.
The fire had burned about 398,326 acres as of Sunday morning, quite a bit less than predicted, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said at a news conference. The day before, fire officials said they expected the fire to double in size to about 494,000 acres.
Chad Morrison of Alberta Fire said “We’re very happy we have held the fire better than expected. We hope to see continued success over the next few days. For us this is great firefighting weather”.
“We may be turning a corner but its too early to celebrate,” said Ralph Goodale, Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “This beast is an extraordinarily difficult problem.”
The slowdown of the fire is the best news Canadian officials have shared since the fire started on May 1st.