Meanwhile, more than 80,000 evacuees are settling into their new temporary life away from home.
That includes former Manitoban Cherylyn Sheehan, her husband and three boys.
Waking up each morning in their trailer near Wetaskiwin, the family is trying to adjust to the new normal.
“The new normal of being overwhelmed with decision-making and dealing with kids who are understanding more what’s going on and a little more meltdowns now, more frustrations,” she said.
She’s been taking stock of what they need that they weren’t able to grab as the fire chased them from home.
“Everyone needed new underwear. It was not something I grabbed very much of or any of for some of us. We’ve had hot, cold, rainy, I had not brought any jackets with us, so making sure everyone has a sweatshirt or something to put on for the evenings,” Sheehan said.
She says people have been kind. Stores have been giving them discounts.
“There’ve been some stores that have been amazing with providing discounts. Even their clearance items are discounted way down to help us out as well,” she said.
They’ll be house-sitting soon. Her husband will start working out of Edmonton. The kids will go to school.
She thinks it will be about least a month before they’re able to get home and survey the damage.
“I don’t think we’re going to be heading home anytime soon. When I talked to one adjustor at the evacuation centre, he was saying it was going to be three to four weeks. It’s going to be at least a month before we can go up and take a look with our adjustors and then clean-up after that to get us into the homes that are still standing.”
She’s hoping to get the kids out to Manitoba to get away and spend some time with family.