>> The wildfire burning across the province of Alberta, Canada, intensifying on Saturday. Fanned by hot dry weather, the temperatures expected to rise to 82 degrees Fahrenheit could make it even more challenging to control the flames. Reuters' reporter, Rod Nickel, is covering the story.>> Strong winds that are pushing this fire northwest are expected to allow it to expand rapidly.
It's also very hot. The downside is that this whole area is forest. And so, the fire is just constantly being fed fuel and that's why it's growing so rapidly.>> Leif escorting a fresh convoy of evacuees out of the region Saturday as the fire spread over 385,000 acres, an area the size of New York City.
Convoys moved about 2,500 vehicles filled with evacuees down to safety on Friday. With Highway 63 the only evacuation route, residents were forced to drive past their burning city to Fort McMurry.>> I also spoke with a businessman and with a heavy equipment operator. And they kind of crystallized, really, what's on everybody's mind here among the evacuees.
Whether they should stick around in this area and wait to go back and rebuild, or whether the city is really going to be dysfunctional for a long period of time. If they just need to make their way somewhere else to continue to earn income.>> The blaze, the largest of some 40 wildfires, forced all 88,000 residents to evacuate earlier this week.
The full extent of property damages is yet to be determined. With entire neighborhoods reduced to ruin, one analyst estimated insurance losses could exceed $7 billion US.