Quebec wildfires cause Maine air-quality alert

Posted June 02, 2010, at 6:03 a.m.
A smoky film can be seen in the air above hikers atop Camels Hump, a 4,083-foot peak in Duxbury, Vt., Monday, May 31, 2010. An acrid haze drifted over vast pockets of central Canada and the northeastern United States on Monday as smoke from scores of northern Quebec forest fires settled over the region. (AP Photo/John Curran)
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A smoky film can be seen in the air above hikers atop Camels Hump, a 4,083-foot peak in Duxbury, Vt., Monday, May 31, 2010. An acrid haze drifted over vast pockets of central Canada and the northeastern United States on Monday as smoke from scores of northern Quebec forest fires settled over the region. (AP Photo/John Curran)
The Boston skyline is seen through a smoky haze caused by forest fires burning in northern Quebec, Monday, May 31, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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The Boston skyline is seen through a smoky haze caused by forest fires burning in northern Quebec, Monday, May 31, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

CONCORD, N.H. — Smoke from forest fires in northern Quebec will continue to cause a buildup of air pollution in northern New England, creating hazy condition and prompting health warnings.

Officials are warning that air pollution is expected to reach unhealthy levels in Maine and northern New Hampshire on Wednesday.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says in mildly smoky areas anyone suffering from respiratory or heart disease and children, and the elderly should stay indoors with windows and doors closed and avoid strenuous activities.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says even healthy individuals should consider limiting strenuous or prolonged activities.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says smoke will be a problem while the fires continue to burn depending on the wind.

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