Quebec Fires

May 31, 2010 by Post Team 

Quebec FiresQuebec Fires:What is your Memorial Day weather like?

Mine is stellar, you envy: It’s sunny, almost cloudless, 80 degrees, with a slight breeze. Now if only children are out of whining, would really be a perfect day.

A couple of hours north and east of where I’m sitting right now, is a different time history. A forecast of rain otherwise it is free cloudy with haze and smoke from brush fires in Quebec, Canada that have been lashing the central and northern region of that province.

A change of wind had been the smoke billowing down the U.S. on the weekend.

Residents of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, not knowing that the smoke was from another country and not down to the right of them, have raised and calls made to their local fire departments, many of whom are struggling to find volunteers to respond.

The brush fires, which are not uncommon in Quebec, is believed to have started this week due to lighting and dry weather. Officials estimate that about 60 fires burning, and about 9 of them are out of control.

has requested the assistance of Manitoba’s firefighting planes to try to get the flames under control, and are hoping for a change of wind today that it will stop the migration of smoke. Meanwhile, New England residents with breathing conditions are suggested to stay at home or at least limit outdoor activities.

Not really what you do on a holiday weekend, but there’s always sports on TV.

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