Photos from the monster forest fire ravaging western Canada
Canadian officials cautiously hailed a turning point in the battle to contain a raging wildfire, saying a combination of cooler temperatures and light rain was ushering in a new phase in the fight.
The inferno in Alberta ignited on May 1, triggering a massive evacuation of Fort McMurray. Since then the blaze has scorched 397,831 acres — some 620 square miles — and destroyed some 1,600 structures.
But for the first time since the flames erupted authorities sounded an optimistic note on Sunday, saying they were entering a second phase of stabilization now that cooler temperatures are on the horizon.
Alberta wildfire official Chad Morrison said he was “very, very happy” to have “good news” on Sunday thanks to “a little help from Mother Nature and a bit of a break from the weather.”