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The wildfire ripping through Canada could be the costliest natural disaster in its history…And more

The wildfire ripping through Canada could be the costliest natural disaster in its history

An evacuee from the Fort McMurray wildfires sits on a bed at an evacuation centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, May 7, 2016.

An evacuee from the Fort McMurray wildfires sits on a bed at an evacuation centre in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada, May 7, 2016.

Alberta (Reuters) – Canadian officials on Sunday showed some optimism for the first time that they were beginning to get on top of the country’s biggest wildfire, as cooler weather and light rain stopped the blaze from growing as much as feared and winds took the flames away from oil sands boomtown Fort McMurray. “It definitely is a positive point for us, for sure,” said Alberta fire official Chad Morrison in a news briefing, when asked if the fight to contain the flames had a reached a turning point. “We’re obviously very happy that we’ve held the fire better than expected,” said Morrison. “This is great firefighting weather…

 

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