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Canadian officials see small reprieve from wildfire

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>> Canadian officials on Sunday showing some optimism for the first time, saying they're beginning to get on top of the country's biggest wildfire ever. With the help of cooler weather and light rain which has slowed the inferno's growth. Reuters' correspondent Rod Nickel is covering the historic blaze.>> On Sunday at a press conference, the premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley, had some good news for the first time in a while.
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>> This is quite a bit smaller than we had feared.>> The fire has not spread as rapidly as it was expected to spread. Ultimately, though, to stop this mass of blaze the province and firefighters have said that they can't do it, that it's just gonna simply have to take a good soaking rain for a couple of days for them to really make serious progress.
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>> The wildfire which is now entering its second week has displaced close to 90,000 people. Officials now hoping to assess the damage to Fort McMurray close to where the fire started.>> I did reach a fire captain inside the city of Fort McMurray today. They had to make some tough decisions about letting some neighborhoods burn in order to save other ones.
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Really heartbreaking kinds of decisions. He told me one story about a fellow firefighter who stood on his driveway and watched his house burn to the ground, his own house, and then went out and put in an 18 hour shift working for the rest of the city. So those are the kind of stories that are coming out of For McMurray now just a heroic efforts by firefighters.
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>> The fire is still expected to scorch through Canada's oil sands region. According to a Reuters's estimate, about half of the crude output from the sans had been taken offline as of Friday contributing to what will likely be the costliest natural disaster in Canada's history.