May 29, 2016

Wildfire update: Flames reach 580,000 hectares, South African firefighters arrive in Alta. to help

Edmonton, AB
Canada
by
Debra Clark
,
Edmonton
Wildfire smoke blankets the sky behind the 'Welcome to Fort McMurray' sign on May 18, 2016. Photo: CTV Edmonton
Wildfire smoke blankets the sky behind the 'Welcome to Fort McMurray' sign on May 18, 2016. Photo: CTV Edmonton

The wildfire burning out of control in northern Alberta now covers almost 580,000 hectares, including part of Saskatchewan, and is being fought with the help of crews from around the world.

On Sunday, about 300 South African firefighters are expected to arrive in Edmonton and will join over 2,200 others who continue to battle wildfires across the province