Forest fire smoke visible from Kuujjuaq shoreline

Fire seen south of Kuujjuaq Tuesday has created a huge cloud of smoke

Smoke billows from a forest fire across the Koksoak River from Kuujjuaq. The plume is seen here from Barrel Beach on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Cedric Gallant)

By Cedric Gallant - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A forest fire is burning across the Koksoak River, approximately 15 kilometres south of Kuujjuaq.

A plume of smoke from the fire can be seen from town but, as of Tuesday afternoon, its effect could not be felt in the air in Kuujjuaq.

Mayor Mary Johannes told Nunatsiaq News officials are waiting for a helicopter so the extent of the fire can be evaluated.

Some residents have expressed concern their cabins in the area could be damaged by the fire.

Smoke became visible in Kuujjuaq on Tuesday. The fire has not yet been reported by SOPFEU, Quebec’s forest-fire prevention agency.


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  1. Posted by Are you sure 15 km south of kuujjuaq? on

    Are you sure there’s a fire burning 15km south of kuujjuaq. I’m not seeing any smoke coming from that short distance , compared to about 80 or even a hundred km south of kuujjuaq, wind to south east keeps the smoke west north west of the community. There appears to be another smoking area east, as seen out the road at golf course. But I could be wrong, but seems like what I see.


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