Trois-RiviÃ¨res, QC, May 31, 2010 — Callers this morning from across the Adirondacks -- from St. Regis Falls, Lake Placid, and Chestertown -- and from Ottawa are reporting a haze of woodsmoke. It's heavy in some areas. A caller at the southern end of Lake George says she can't see the other side of the lake. State Police in Ray Brook confirm much of the smoke over the Adirondacks is drifting south from forest fires in Quebec north of Montreal.
The Canadian Press reports Montreal is covered in a dull haze this morning as well. There are more than 50 forest fires burning in the province, including eight that remain out of control. Environment Canada says the wind is expected to shift northward later in the morning. That should provide some relief.
About 1,200 firefighters, including some from Maine, New Brunswick, New Hampshire and western Canada are working to put them out. One fire, about 300 kilometres north of Trois-Rivieres, forced about 1,300 people from a Quebec reserve to spend a fifth night away from home.
Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources reports 73 active forest fires today, mostly clustered between North Bay and Saul Ste. Marie, north of Toronto. The province rates the forest fire danger "extreme" and has declared a restricted zone in the northeastern part of the province to reduce the danger of human-caused fire.