Quebec north shore city declares state of emergency as forest fires multiply

By Sidhartha Banerjee THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL- A city on Quebec’s north shore declared a state of emergency on Friday as forest fires raged in different parts of the province, forcing thousands from their homes. Sept-Iles Mayor Steeve Beaupre said certain sectors of his city about 890 kilometres northeast of Montreal were ordered to evacuate by 4 p.m. Friday as a preventive measure, with an emergency shelter set up in nearby Port-Cartier. The Uashat Mak Mani-utenam First Nation said the roughly 1,500 residents of the Innu community of Mani-Utenam outside Sept-Iles, have also been told to leave their homes. They will be taken to Pessamit, an Innu community southwest of Baie-Comeau. Two fires are burning near Sept-Iles, which has a population of just over 25,000. One of those fires progressed…

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