The US Civil Aviation announced a partial suspension of air traffic to New York due to smoke from the Canadian fires.
Severe wildfires in Canada covered the northeastern United States and parts of eastern Canada, turning the air gray, and authorities warned vulnerable residents to stay indoors.
Canadian authorities evacuated the largest city in the northern province of Quebec, as firefighters worked to combat the threat of out-of-control fires in remote communities in the northern and northwest regions of the province.
More than 150 forest fires were burning on Tuesday, including more than 110 considered out of control, the provincial forest fire agency said.
Residents as far away as New York City and New England have felt the effects of hundreds of wildfires in Quebec, leaving their throats irritated.
On Tuesday, authorities issued an evacuation order for Quebec’s Chipogamao, a town of about 7,500 residents in a remote part of the province.
The authorities said the evacuation was underway, and promised more details on Wednesday.
“Of course we follow the situation from hour to hour,” provincial premier François Legault told reporters. If we look at the situation in Quebec as a whole, there are many places where the situation remains concerning.”