The Fort McMurray wildfire now covers more than 1,000 square kilometers (101,000 ha) and officials say it could double in size by late Saturday.
Provincial officials say the forecast calls for more sunshine and what is needed is rain.
They say the fire is quite fierce and no firebreak seems to be working. It has jumped over the Athabasca River, which is one kilometre wide.
The good news is that the fire seems to be staying away from Fort McMurray as fire crews continue to work around the clock protecting major infrastructure.
Wildrose Leader, and Fort McMurray MLA, Brian Jean says he has toured the city and confirms that the hospital, airport and schools have all been saved and are in great shape.
On the downside, he says 15-20% of the houses have been damaged or destroyed.
The Alberta government has also announced that it is implementing a province-wide ban on ATV’s on public land and at all parks.
The fear is that a spark from these vehicles could start a wildfire.
It was Thursday, when the government announced a province-wide fire ban.
Meantime, a convoy of about 1,200 vehicles has made it through Fort McMurray as evacuees, trapped in oilsands camps north of the city, were escorted to safer areas.
Residents say it was shocking to see the damage left by the massive blaze, and scary to pass burned cars as they drove along smoke-covered roads.
To allow residents a better understanding of the fire damage, the Google Crisis Response team has prepared this satellite imagery of the affected area from noon Thursday.
The Terra Bella crisis imagery is made available under the CC-BY-4.0 license. Note that the imagery does not show on the map if you zoom in beyond the available resolution.