A gigantic multi-fire blaze burning in the Canadian city of Fort McMurray that has forced tens of thousands of people out of their homes was expected to continue its rapid growth, officials said Friday. “I do expect that there’s a high potential that this fire could double in size by the end of the day tomorrow,” Chad Morrison, the senior manager of wildfire prevention at the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Division said Friday afternoon.

“We have not seen rain in this area for the last two months of significance,” Morrison said. “This fire will continue to burn for a very long time until we see some significant rain.” Investigators have not figured out what sparked the wildfires that erupted in the heart of Canada’s oil sands region on Sunday and have so far forced 88,000 people to flee. READ MORE