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Lieutenant Tim Kearns Battling Forest Fires In Canada

Lieutenant Tim Kearns and 15 other

New Hampshire firefighters have been deployed to Canada to help fight a forest fire that is burning thousands of acres of land. The crew left the Manchester Boston airport on May 23rd. The New Hampshire crew will meet up with firefighters from Maine. Both crews were sent to Fire 274, near La Tuque, Quebec. This fire is currently burning over 20,000 acres. There are more than 1,300 firefighters from across Canada and the United States battling the Quebec blazes. On late Sunday May 30th, fire crews were evacuated from the area lat due to the strong winds in the area. The New Hampshire fire crew will remain at the fire for up to 16 days before returning to the state. Over 60 fires are burning and rapidly spreading due to dry conditions and

lightning strikes. Many families in the area have evacuated the area and are taking shelter in a hockey arena. Firefighters have put up a tough battle and have been able to keep the flames away from homes. On Memorial Day

smoke from the fires in Canada effected the New England area. The smoke was caught up in strong northwest winds which carried the smoke into the area. During the morning the visibility in some areas dropped to 3 miles in a heavy haze of smoke. Hudson crews received the first call for smoke at 09:20 and continued throughout day answering calls from people reporting fires in the woods or

Smoke rises from mountains in Northern Quebec near the

Wemotaci reserve, 100km north of La Tuque on Saturday, May 29, 2010. The Wemotaci reserve was evacuated and many residents

were moved to a temporary shelter in La Tuque.

Photograph by: Dario Ayala / THE GAZETTE,

smoke in the area. Fire Alarm also fielded numerous calls from concerned citizens on the smoke condition. Fire Departments in southern New Hampshire and northern Massicuttests also responded to numerous calls for smoke.

Dunstable Mass has placed in service this 2009 Tanker built by 4 Guys in April. The tanker has a1500 gpm pump and 3000 gallon water tank.

Weare NH firefighters battled this 2 alarm fire at 511 Dustin Tavern Road on May 28th. Firefighters from Goffstown, New Boston,

Henniker and Deering assisted Weare at the scene.

A Steve Barton Photo

Hudson Heat May 2010

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