Smoke from Quebec fires reaches Europe

Smoke from fires that are raging through Quebec reached Scandinavia. Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team

TORONTO – The wildfires that have engulfed much of Quebec are having worldwide effects.

Quebec has been battling fires for the past few months as they tear across the province. A NASA satellite has captured the smoke from the fires that travelled across the Atlantic and are now hovering over Sweden and stretch across Estonia.

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The fires started in May following a thunderstorm and have been burning ever since.

According to Quebec’s fire protection service, SOPFEU (Societe de protection des forets contre le feu), there have been 338 forest fires across the province, affecting about 66,000 hectares of forest.

Fires are seen here in northern Quebec on July 2, 2013. Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team

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