Fire Officials in Saskatchewan say there is no imminent threat to the province right now over the Fort McMurray fire crossing over the border.
“It is still in that neighborhood of 15 to 20 kilometers outside of the boundary of Saskatchewan, So it didn’t move a great deal yesterday. That doesn’t mean it won’t move,” says Saskatchewan Emergency Management Commissioner Duane McKay.
Director of Wildfire Management, Steve Roberts, says thanks to weather there was a delay in movement.
Roberts says he doesn’t expect the Fort Mac fire to cross over today.
“Cold front went through Alberta last night, and it moderated the fire behavior somewhat. But that also means it will intensify the smoke concerns that will follow.”
Chad Morrison with Alberta Wildfires agrees that weather played a big role, but says hard work also had a lot to do with the containment.
“With a little help from Mother Nature and a bit of a break in the weather and really credit all the hard work of the firefighters. We were able to hold most of the line in Fort McMurray yesterday.”
The closest communities are 60 kilometers away from the border.
McKay says if or when the Fort McMurray fire crosses, crews will be prepared.