Smoke From Wildfires In Canada Have Canadian and US Cities On Alert

May 31, 2010 Updated: May 31, 2010

Quebec wildfires have blown black smoke into multiple Canadian cities including Quebec City, the provincial capital. Firefighters have had some trouble handling the flames and the smoke may blow into Montreal city limits.

The governments of Canada and Massachusetts have issued warnings for citizens due to the drifting smoke from the fire. Multiple forested regions near Quebec City and Montreal are burning and the smoke could head to Boston, reported Canada’s News Provider.

In the United States, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported on Monday that there are currently 10 large fires burning in the United States. "Nationally, a total of 10 large fires have burned 77,678 acres. Four new large fires were reported: one each in Arizona and Texas; and two in Alaska."

According to weather forecasts for Alaska, there is a high potential for the fires to spread.

"Significant fire potential, including warm temperatures, low humidity, and dry thunderstorms, is forecasted for central and eastern Alaska again today," says the NIFC.

Thousands of acres are burning in Quebec. Areas consumed by the fires are not densely populated, but the forest wildlife are at risk along with travelers. Multiple roadways have been blocked.

More than 52 different fires have been burning in Quebec and authorities are still collecting information to confirm the number of injuries involved. No fatalities have been reported at this time.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and three fires are said to be out of control. Citizens in Montreal have reported being able to smell the fires, but no smoke has drifted into the city at this time. Meteorologists have predicted rain later in the week that could help reduce the intensity of the fires and dissipate some of the smoke, reported CBC News.

Mélanie Morin, a spokesperson from a French Canadian forest protection organization SOPFEU commented on the rain being an asset to the firefighters efforts.

"It will not put them out in any way, but … it will calm the fire activity and allow us to be more effective and safer," said Morin.