The Government of Alberta along with Alberta Wildfire and Alberta Emergency Management gave an update on the Fort McMurray wildfire Thursday afternoon.
Premier Notley, Chad Morrison with Alberta Wildfire, and Scott Long Executive Director of Provincial Operations from Alberta Emergency Management Agency all gave updates on the wildfire spreading across northern Alberta.
The wildfire has now grown to 85 thousand hectares in size. The growth is mainly because of strong winds gusting up to 70 kilometres an hour on Wednesday night.
18 new fires are burning in the province, bringing the Alberta total up to 49 fires. 1000 firefighters are fighting the new starts.
The fire is expected to keep growing this afternoon and is moving in the south east direction due to wind coming in from the north west. This is away from Fort McMurray.
Right now the Province is working on moving the 25 thousand residents stationed north of Fort McMurray
An Alberta 511 Update says Highway 63 remains closed in both directions at Highway 69 (Airport Road) in Fort McMurray. Currently, there is no access to Ft. Mac.
Canada Task Force II set up in Fort McMurray to help with firefighting effort.
10 helicopters, and more than 16 air tankers will be in the air today.
2 incident management teams are en route to help with the fire in Fort Mac
77 more firefighters from around Alberta arrived to help crews and 100 firefighters are coming in from Ontario.
Fort McMurray airport will be used today to resupply fire crews.
Alberta Wildrose Leader, Brian Jean is from Fort McMurray and has been in the city helping with evactuation and relief efforts.
— Brian Jean (@BrianJeanWRP) May 5, 2016
Watch the whole update below. (Starts at 44:50)