Alberta's premier says homes and other buildings destroyed by a huge wildfire can be reconstructed after touring the devastated area. Paul Chapman reports.

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Canada's most destructive wildfire in recent memory has reduced some 10 per cent of Fort McMurray to ashes.

Finally the flames have moved far enough away to allow a visit by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley for a first-hand look at the devastation.


"This city was surrounded by an ocean of fire only a few days ago but Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities have been saved and they will be rebuilt."

NASA satellite images give some idea of the scale of the inferno which has burned through more than 160, 000 hectares and is still going strong.

The images were taken on May 4th and 5th with the wildfire at its worst.

Cooler weather on Monday appeared to boost the efforts of firefighters to bring the flames under control.