Trudeau to visit fire-ravaged Canadian city

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to visit Fort McMurray, the western Canadian city that has been ravaged by wildfires, to witness the devastation first-hand.

TORONTO, CANADA (REUETSR) - In the oil sands boomtown of Fort McMurray, Alberta, scenes of utter devastation following days of wildfires. With blocks of homes reduced to rubble.

But on Monday's (May 9) tour by Canadian officials, many were also encouraged by how much was spared, an estimated 90 per cent of the city's buildings.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to see it for himself.

"I am in close contact with the premier of Alberta looking for an appropriate time for me to come visit Fort McMurray and we're hoping to be able to announce that in the coming days."

He has also vowed a multi-year commitment by the national government to rebuild the area.

Meanwhile, evacuees are camping out at various shelters outside of Fort McMurray.

Julia Soucie says she appreciates the aid, but is also anxious to get back home.

"The help has been amazing, being able to come to places like this, get the diapers, the formula you need. We don't know how long we're going to be gone for."

As firefighters battling the blaze finally catch a break in the weather, with cooler temperatures and reduced winds.

Residents are hoping it won't be much longer.