Forest fires in Quebec forces 1,300 people from their homes

08:25, May 28, 2010      

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A series of forest fires burn out of control to the north of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada have forced 1,300 people from their homes on Thursday, local media CTV reported.

The fires, which were counted 57 by Quebec's forest fire protection with 14 of them considered cause of concern, are near the Wemotaci First Nation reserve, located about 300 kilometers north of Trois-Rivires in central Quebec.

Eight hundred firefighters, 50 helicopters and 14 water bombers have been deployed to battle the flames. And the province authority also called in reinforcements from across Canada, with two water bombers from Manitoba had already been sent to Quebec.

The Red Cross is helping the Quebec government with the settlement of residents, and is relocating people by bus to the municipality of La Tuque, in which many of them are staying at an emergency shelter.

About 27,600 hectares of forest are ablaze, and the cause is likely to be lightning, according to the report.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:intern1)

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