Smoke from Canadian wildfires filters into Maine

Posted May 26, 2012, at 1:50 p.m.
Last modified May 26, 2012, at 2:06 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service put out a statement Saturday warning residents in Aroostook, Somerset and Piscataquis counties about smoke drifting into the region due to wildfires in Quebec.

Officials at the NWS in Caribou are urging anyone with respiratory problems to take appropriate precautions.

Officials in Timmins in northern Ontario declared a state of emergency this week as a wildfire that has been burning for days continues to grow.

Reports of billowing smoke and ash have prompted some evacuations.

The NWS warned that a northwest wind is bringing smoke from fires northwest of Quebec into Maine, and winds will continue through tomorrow. Wind speeds will subside overnight, however.

The smoke is predicted to reduce visibility.

Residents of Vermont also were warned about the drifting smoke.

Those with respiratory problems are advised to limit their time outdoors.

The Vancouver Sun contributed to this report.

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