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The battle to contain the wildfires in west-central Canada has reached a turning point, partly thanks to drizzle and favourable winds, say officials.
One minister warned much work lay ahead but "we may be turning a corner".
A fifth of homes in the oil sands city of Fort McMurray have been destroyed and more than 80,000 people evacuated.
But the fire had not spread as fast as had been feared, said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who will survey the devastation on Monday.
"With a bit of help from Mother Nature and a lot of help from firefighters and first responders, the fire grew a lot more slowly than we feared," she said.
On Saturday, officials had said they expected it to double in size.
The fire covered 1,610 sq km (622 square miles) on Sunday morning, said Ms Notley, and was about 30-40km from the neighbouring province, Saskatchewan.
There have been no deaths from the fire but Ms Notley became emotional when she paid tribute to two evacuees who died in a car accident during the evacuation.
originally posted by: M5xaz
Your boy PM Justin is the one that not only already refused Russia's (and the US and Mexico's help), but also refuses to go visit Fort McMurray, currently by far the biggest crisis in Canada.
Alberta does not vote Liberal, and Justin the prick's attitude is to "punish" Albertans for it.
And Justin has only been in power a few weeks.
Justin and the Liberals.
Despicable, like NO other
originally posted by: Xcathdra
and its entirely possible more aid wont be effective. Having 50 aircraft able to fight fires does no good when only a few can be safely used at any given time. Secondly I doubt Trudeau is the one deciding these issues on his own. You take your cue from the locals on the ground, ask them what they need, then get them the resources.
I am sure he has a better understanding of whats going on, whats needed, and whats not needed, than any of us. Until we hear local / provincial governments screaming at Ottawa I think we should defer to their judgement.
On Thursday, Russian Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Vladimir Puchkov said that Moscow was ready to send firefighting aircraft to Canada to help deal with the Alberta wildfire
28% of the world’s boreal zone – that's 552 million hectares
75% of all of its forests and woodlands in the boreal zone – that’s 307 million hectares in total
6. The boreal forest isn’t “ancient” wilderness
Canada’s boreal forest is often portrayed as one vast tract of ancient, pristine wilderness but this isn’t the case. Although the boreal region itself is ancient, the boreal forest:
is made up mostly of trees that are relatively young compared with many that grow in more temperate climates
is regularly affected by forest fire, insects and other natural disturbances
continually renews itself through these natural disturbances
7. Forest fires, insects and diseases help the boreal forest
The boreal forest needs natural disturbances such as forest fires and outbreaks of insects and disease. These disturbances:
remove aged trees from the forest
expose the land to sunlight again
allow the next group of trees to germinate and grow into a new forest
release nutrients from the trees
originally posted by: masqua
By Thursday, Fort Mac was already evacuated (except for those who refused to go).
The fire had moved away from the city and the focus began to be on southern communities like Anzac.
Here's the timeline:
And here's when Russia made the offer...
originally posted by: masqua
a reply to: tsurfer2000h
Don't forget the dangerous fly-overs by Russian fighters, buzzing American warships and NATO aircraft.
I really don't want Russian pilots buzzing Canadian towns and cities .