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Fire off Fort McMurray “under control”

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The fire that led to the evacuation of several neighborhoods in Fort McMurray in early May was declared under control on Tuesday.

According to Alberta Wildfire, “under control” means that a forest fire “is contained and being extinguished.”

“Thank you to all the firefighters and emergency responders who have worked hard over the past few weeks to bring this fire under control. It has been many busy days and long hours, but it is great to see that this wildfire is now under control. There is still a lot of work to be done to completely extinguish this fire, but our firefighters are up to the challenge,” the provincial authority said on Tuesday.

The emergency services will work on the fire line and search for and extinguish all remaining embers within the area. A total of 151 firefighters and 15 helicopters are deployed to the fire.

It was first discovered on May 9 and covers more than 18,500 hectares.

The part of the fire closest to Fort McMurray is still 5.5 kilometers from the landfill on its southeast edge.

About 6,600 people were asked to leave their homes in four municipalities on May 14 and were allowed to return on May 18.

Of the 30 wildfires in Alberta's protected forests, only two are considered contained; the rest are under control.