Canadian officials hope to put ‘death grip’ on fire – Chicago Tribune

Officials said Sunday they reached a turning point in fighting an enormous wildfire, hoping to get a “death grip'” on the blaze that devastated Canada’s oil sands town of Fort McMurray amid cooler temperatures. Meanwhile, a massive evacuation of residents displaced by the blaze came to an end.

Chad Morrison of Alberta Wildfire told a news conference he’s “very happy” and called it great firefighting weather.

“We can really get in there and really get a handle on this fire and really get a death grip on it,” said Morrison, who answered yes when asked if they’ve reached a turning point.

With cooler temperatures in the next three or four days, firefighters should be able to put out hot spots. And it has allowed them to further protect fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. “I feel very buoyed and happy that we are making great progress,” he said.


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