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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Thousands evacuated as wildfires grow in Quebec

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Wildfires across Quebec have forced the evacuations of thousands of residents.

Over the weekend, the number of fires increased to 150.

There are significant fires in northwestern Quebec, Over 5,000 residents were forced to evacuate from the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region.

About 4,500 were evacuated from the community of Sept-Îles.

Rain is on the way

The fire risk is rated as high to extreme across most of Quebec.

Smog warnings and special air quality statements are in effect for most of the province.

Some rain is on the way to the eastern half of the province beginning tomorrow.

Political Response

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deployed the military to Quebec to provide firefighting resources. Trudeau has also been speaking with Mayor Steeve Beaupré, Mayor Isabelle Lessard, Chief Mike McKenzie, and Premier Francois Legault about the wildfire situation.

French President Emmanuel Macron has sent 100 firefighters from France to Quebec.


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