‘The battle isn’t won’: Next 48 hours crucial in Quebec wildfire fight : Bonnardel

By Sidhartha Banerjee THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL- The next 48 hours will be crucial in Quebec’s wildfire fight in northern and western parts of the province, Public Security Minister Francois Bonnardel said Saturday, with authorities hoping the situation remains stable ahead of rain forecast for early next week. Bonnardel told reporters that warmer temperatures and lower humidity levels will precede the moment when precipitation is expected Tuesday in those hard hit regions, noting the hotter, drier conditions could exacerbate the wildfire situation. “We have to hold on for the next 48 hours, the flammability index will increase, the humidity will cease and the temperature will rise: it’s a cocktail that could bring new fires,” Bonnardel said. “The battle isn’t won,” he added. Environment Canada meteorologists are forecasting about 10 to…

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