May 18, 2016

Alberta wildfire out of control: 1,370 square miles torched, and counting

Fort McMurray, AB
Canada
by
Amanda Watts
,
CNN
Remains of burned homes are seen in a neighborhood in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Friday, May 13. Photo: CNN
Remains of burned homes are seen in a neighborhood in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Friday, May 13. Photo: CNN

The mammoth inferno devastating northern Alberta has now destroyed more than 877,000 acres -- more than four times the size of New York City.

Well over 1,700 firefighters are trying to get a grip on the blaze, which started May 1 near Fort McMurray.
     
    But as of Wednesday, the fire is still 0% contained, the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry department said.
     
    Even worse: The blaze is marching east toward Saskatchewan and will likely reach the province Wednesday, Alberta wildfire official Chad Morrison said.
     
    By the numbers

    877,000: Acres scorched

    1,370: Square miles burned

    4.5: Times that New York City could fit in the area

    1,754: Firefighters

    208: Helicopters

    0%: Amount of the blaze contained