Satellite data released today by NASA paints a detailed and sinister portrait of wildfires closing in on Fort McMurray early this morning.
The NASA data shows the wildfire closing in on Fort McMurray from the south and west, invading the Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways neighbourhoods.
This loop image shows the last 96 hours of the Fort McMurray fire. (Updated May 6.)
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said roughly 1,600 structures in Fort McMurray have destroyed or damaged by a wildfire that raged through Fort McMurray Tuesday night, Global News reported.
In a news conference Wednesday morning, Notley said depending on the wind, the fire likely will spread into the Thickwood and Timberlea neighbourhoods. The fire is expected to be even worse than on Tuesday, thanks to a third day of high temperatures and low humidity. The current size is between 7,500 and 10,000 hectares.
About 88,000 people have fled the fire.
Click on any point in the interactive map below for details. Time stamps in the data are in Coordinated Universal Time (or Greenwich Mean Time). Deduct six hours for Mountain Time.
The map points are accurate to within 375 metres. It was last updated at 4:15 a.m. (MT). NASA gathers data on wildfires across the world through a system of satellites.Fort McMurray fire map »
Chad Morrison, Senior Manager of Wildfire Prevention with the Government of Alberta, says the wildfire in and near Fort McMurray is expected to be even worse Wednesday than it was Tuesday, when it swept into the Alberta community and laid waste to multiple neighbourhoods.
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