Smoke alert issued for 12 Nunavik communities

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services says low air quality coming from Quebec forest fires

Forest fires in Quebec, similar to this one outside Kuujjuaq in June 2022, have led to smoke alerts being issued for 12 Nunavik communities on Friday. (File photo by Isabelle Dubois)

By Cedric Gallant - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services issued a smoke alert for 12 of the 14 communities in the region Friday as forest fires continue to burn in Quebec.

The affected communities are Kuujjuaraapik, Umiujaq, Puvirnituq, Inukjuaq, Salluit, Ivujivik, Quaqtaq, Kangiqsujuaq, Aupaluk, Tasijuaq, Kuujjuaq and Kangiqsualujjuaq.

The smoke alerts were issued due to winds bringing smoke north from the forest fires taking place across the province. The alerts extend into Sunday and could continue beyond that.

According to IQAir, the Hudson coast is most affected by the forest fire pollutants due to its proximity to multiple fires raging in the nearby Cree territory.

In its warning issued on Facebook, the Nunavik board of health said the quantity of fine particulates in the air is increasing, and inhaling them may affect some people as it enters their lungs and bloodstream.

The health board suggests people stay indoors, close their doors and windows, limit outdoor activity, drink plenty of water and wear a mask.

Anyone who shows these symptoms should seek help from the local health centre: shortness of breath, wheezing (including asthma attacks), severe coughing, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations.

The Government of Quebec said Friday there are 71 active forest fires across the province.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Daaniallie Niviaxie on

    I think it would be a good thing to provide air conditioners for the elders in Northern Quebec ( Nunavik ). It might cut down the smoke smell and also for global warming.

    • Posted by NUNAVIMIUK on

      Get Makivik to buy them.

      • Posted by Cancel one flock meeting on

        I ll tell you how to raise money for the needy elders to get air conditioning, cancel one of those useless flock, group meetings that take place hundreds of times a year, and bingo, buy air conditioning instead. And save even more money for worth while Nunavik needs.

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