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Water bombers called in to fight forest fire burning in Kamouraska

Firefighters have so far been unable to access the fire by ground as it burns between the towns of Rivière-Ouelle and Saint-Denis-de-la-Bouteillerie in Kamouraska, about 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

Fire starts in bog, spreads to woodlands, but no people at risk yet, firefighters say

Firefighters in the Kamouraska region of Quebec say the fire is burning on about 40 hectares of land. (Radio-Canada)

Two water bombers have been called in to help extinguish a forest fire that ignited Friday in the Kamouraska region.

Firefighters have so far been unable to access the fire by ground as it burns between the towns of Rivière-Ouelle and Saint-Denis-de-la-Bouteillerie, about 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

Authorities were first alerted to the fire at around 2:20 p.m. Friday.

"The fire started in a bog, the Lambert bog, and then spread to the surrounding woodlands," said fire chief Christian Gagnon.

He said there are no people at risk at this time, but firefighters are ready to evacuate the area if needed.

"No building is directly threatened for the moment, but there are animals in a barn not far from the fire. Fire trucks are on hand to stop it from spreading," said Gagnon.

Firefighters estimate the fire covers 40 hectares, roughly the size of 40 international rugby fields. The smoke is visible from several kilometres' away, and strong winds are contributing to the fire's rapid spread.

The fire danger is forecasted by extreme in most of Quebec, according to SOPFEU, Quebec's forest fire prevention agency. 

Open fires are currently banned in much of the province. In late May, there were some 240 forest fires burning across Quebec. That's more than double the usual average. SOPFEU said it was due to a dry spring.

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