Wildfires that levelled neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta slowed their march through tinder dry forest Sunday, allowing firefighters to focus on hotspots.
Premier Rachel Notley says cooler temperatures have helped stabilize the week-long blaze to the point she can go survey the damage firsthand today.
Notley says her tour will give her a clearer picture of what must be done to eventually allow Fort Mac’s more than 80-thousand residents to return.
Fire officials say the wildfire didn’t grow as much as expected over the weekend, but still covers about 16-hundred square kilometres and is now 30 to 40 kilometres from the Saskatchewan border.
It was a special kind of Mother’s Day for a few thousand Fort McMurray evacuees being housed three hours south in Lac la Biche.
Volunteers organized a Mother’s Day Tea, complete with cupcakes and fruit, and there were arts and crafts for kids.
A local girls’ dance troupe provided the entertainment and handed out fresh roses to all of the women in the room. (2)