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Canadian fire chief asks for patience in returning residents

  • Fort McMurray, Alberta, fire chief Darby Allen speaks to members of the media at a fire station in Fort McMurray, Monday, May 9, 2016. A break in the weather has officials optimistic they have reached a turning point on getting a handle on the massive wildfire. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

    Fort McMurray, Alberta, fire chief Darby Allen speaks to members of the media at a fire station in Fort McMurray, Monday, May 9, 2016. A break in the weather has officials optimistic they have reached a turning point on getting a handle on the massive wildfire. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to members of the media at a fire station in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Monday, May 9, 2016. A break in the weather has officials optimistic they have reached a turning point on getting a handle on the massive wildfire. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

    Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to members of the media at a fire station in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Monday, May 9, 2016. A break in the weather has officials optimistic they have reached a turning point on getting a handle on the massive wildfire. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canada's Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to the media after meeting with oilfield executives at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Notley said the massive oil sands mines north of Fort McMurray have not been damaged. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Canada's Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to the media after meeting with oilfield executives at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Canada, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Notley said the massive oil sands mines north of Fort McMurray have not been damaged. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

The fire chief for Canada's evacuated oil sands town is asking for patience and vowing to get residents home as soon as possible after a devastating fire.

Fort McMurray Fire Chief Darby Allen says Wednesday the wildfire is mostly out in the city but not yet in areas south of it.

He says the city's 88,000 residents can't come back until it's safe and workers have checked power and water supplies. The fire burned about 2,400 homes and buildings but 90 percent of the city was saved.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says officials hope to get residents back within two weeks — but those with intact homes have pressed to return much sooner. Notley says police will turn people away if they try to enter before the city is reopened.