Wildfire tally tops 150 as thousands more evacuate northwestern Quebec

 By Christopher Reynolds and Coralie Laplante THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL- Wildfires in northwestern Quebec prompted thousands to evacuate the area over the weekend, as the number of blazes across the province pushed past 150 and firefighters and the military poured into a pair of regions to fight the encroaching flames even as that threat eased slightly Sunday on the North Shore. Some 5,500 residents of the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region, which borders Ontario, have been relocated, Public Security Minister Francois Bonnardel said at a news conference in Montreal. Another 4,500 people in the North Shore community of Sept-Iles and its outskirts were also forced from their homes due to two wildfires burning north of the city, but no further evacuations are planned at the moment, Bonnardel said. Rain is expected in the…

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