Crews battling the Fort McMurray wildfire are hoping rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow will help curb the spread of the flames.
The fire continues to burn out of control and has grown in size to more than 42-hundred square kilometres.
The flames spread toward the major highway north of Fort McMurray yesterday but did not cross it.
The fire has also not crossed into Saskatchewan yet.
In the meantime, if all goes according to plan, Fort McMurray can start moving back in on June 1st.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the return operation will be done in stages and should take about two weeks.
But several conditions have to be in place before anyone is going anywhere.
They include no threat from fire or smoke, and the presence of basic emergency, medical and other services such as electricity and natural gas.
And, B-C Premier Christy Clark says climate change is leading to more wildfires.
And she believes Canada needs a national forest firefighting strategy.
Clark says the labour-intensive job of clearing flammable debris on the forest floor is just one aspect of controlling wildfires, as is pooling national fire-fighting resources among provinces to attack the country’s hot spots.
She would like to see more predictive work done on where fires will likely start up.