Quebec wildfires: How 150 raging blazes are leading to smog warnings for province – GLOBAL

June 5, 2023

Quebec is dealing with more than 150 wildfires — and now people across the province will see hazy, smoky conditions throughout the day Monday.

Environment Canada issued widespread smog warnings in the morning, saying “atmospheric conditions could result in a deterioration in air quality.”

“High concentrations of fine particulate matter from forest fires in Quebec will result in poor air quality in many areas today,” the public weather agency said Monday.

The warning is in effect for a large swath of Quebec, including the greater Montreal area where air quality could deteriorate, starting in the afternoon. Other impacted regions include Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Gatineau, Lanaudière, and the Laurentians.

“These high concentrations of pollutants are expected to last into Tuesday,” the warning said.

Environment Canada said smog especially affects children and people who suffer from respiratory illnesses or heart disease. They should avoid intense physical activity outside until the warning is lifted.

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