French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his nation will send 100 firefighters to assist as thousands of residents of Quebec evacuated due to the more than 150 wildfires that broke out over the weekend.
In a French tweet he sent on June 4, he said, “Canadian friends, reinforcements are coming.”
“Canada is confronting horrible flames. France is one nation. 100 of our firefighters are getting ready to fight the fire with their Quebec colleagues. Experts are mobilized as well.
On Twitter, Quebec Premier Francois Legault expressed gratitude to the French president by writing, “Merci cousins!”
On June 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also responded, thanking Macron, shortly afterward.
“On behalf of Canadians, specifically those who have been affected by the forest fires: I’m grateful. Trudeau stated, “This relationship is more important than ever. Our two countries are the strongest partners and friends.
On the morning of June 5, Quebec’s woods fire counteraction bunch, the Société de security des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), gave an assertion saying they are “at present battling countless flames, especially in the locales of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Mauricie, Nord-du-Québec and Saguenay-Lac-Holy person Jean. The protection of communities, essential infrastructure, and human life are the top priorities for intervention.
More than 5,500 people from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, which borders Ontario, and another 4,500 people from the north shore community of Sept-Îles and the surrounding outskirts have been forced to flee their homes as a result of wildfires in northwestern Quebec. Due to nearby fires and thick smoke, approximately 14,000 more Quebec residents have been evacuated.
The number of fires has increased from 134 the day before to 156 as a result of the military’s assistance in Quebec, with 100 military personnel arriving on June 3 and another 100 expected on June 5.
35 flames are effectively battled by 500 firemen with SOPFEU.
Public Security Minister François Bonnardel stated at a news conference held on June 5 outside the provincial police headquarters in Montreal that authorities are concentrating on safeguarding “human life, the houses, and enterprises.” In addition, we want to safeguard our infrastructure, just like Hydro-Québec does.
Bonnardel stated, “Within a few days, there should be over 1,000 people on the ground to fight these fires.”