The fire broke out on May 1, in the woods southwest of town.
That, combined with unseasonably hot weather, low humidity, and high winds, turned the fire into an inferno.
The still-burning fire stretches 370 miles long—as of yesterday it breached Saskatchewan.
Over 1,000 forest fire fighters from nearly every Canadian province are working to hold that line.
Even still, smoky, ashy air forced 4,000 workers to evacuate from mining camps early last week.
We expect that ultimately people will go home for a brief visit to see their property, reclaim the things they wish they had, and continue to wait for a better, more proficient time for re-entry, Melissa Blake, Fort McMurray s mayor, said at the conference.