Quebec forest fire causes widespread blackouts for a 2nd day

July 5, 2013 CANADA - Half a million Hydro-Québec customers were without power at rush hour for the second straight day, as widespread outages caused by forest fires in northern Quebec affected transmission lines. The utility said Montreal and other parts of southern Quebec were affected. By 7:30 p.m. most customers had their power restored, and Hydro-Québec tweeted that its three major transmission lines shut down by heat and smoke from forest fires in northern Quebec were operational once again. The blackouts occurred nearly exactly 24 hours after a similar power failure caused by the forest fires, despite the utility’s best efforts to protect the network. “The re-establishment of the lines was fairly fast,” said Quebec Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet in an interview on CBC’s French-language news network RDI. “The heat, the smoke, the particles [from the fire] all interacted with the hydro lines, causing ionization,” Ouellet explained. “That tripped the lines’ safety mechanism. It’s a good thing, as that protected the lines.” She said Hydro-Québec informed her it is spraying other equipment with foam to protect it from the heat of the fires. The latest blackouts hit several municipalities in Greater Montreal and struck as far away as the Quebec City suburb of Ste-Foy, as well as parts of the Laurentians and the Lanaudière region. The blackouts began at almost precisely the same time as they did yesterday, during the commuter rush hour, affecting traffic lights at many intersections and the lane designation lights on the Champlain Bridge. Earlier today, Hydro-Québec’s chief executive officer Thierry Vandal said the utility had taken steps to try to ensure there would not be a repeat of yesterday’s outage, which shut down Montreal’s Metro system and affected hospitals and shopping centers. Wednesday’s outage forced the Notre-Dame pavilion of University of Montreal’s hospital network (CHUM) to cancel operations and left people trapped on stalled roller-coasters and other rides at LaRonde, the amusement park on Montreal’s Île Ste-Hélène. –CBC
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5 Responses to Quebec forest fire causes widespread blackouts for a 2nd day

  1. John Paily says:

    It common sense we are adding heat exponentially into the environment and this would cause fire bound disasters. The world is endangered. and is in critical state.We can survive provided
    governments and climate organization who fight for climate change and draws out
    policies should take this vital point into consideration- Earth strives to conserve its energy to matter ratio. It has a dual and multiple world design. This is evident from day and night cycle; When one part of earth is in a day cycle where ratio favors energy, the other part of earth is in favor of matter. The system resist a unilateral direction towards heating or cooling. If you stand back to observe, we note that we humans have unilaterally and exponentially increased the heat of the environment since industrial era. The loss of greenery and intrusion in to the night cycle has further aggravated the situation. It is common sense that heat evaporates water and when cycle changes water has to return. With exponential increases in heat the rate of evaporation has increased. It is common sense that then the rate of precipitation will increase in parallel. This is leading to fire/wind bound destruction, destruction through flash floods/snows. The winding reaction of earth to increased unwinding reaction of heat is bound to stress the tectonic plates increasing earth quakes and eventually volcanic eruptions that can turn earth inside out. Signs progression in this direction are there everywhere. We have many civilization beneath the sea. Volcanic dust is known to cool earth’s atmosphere suddenly and can induce an ice-age. We do not need, huge scientific data and heated debates on it. All we need is common sense. An
    awakening to our consciousness and intelligence – Unless we awaken to this
    reality and take steps to control the energy of the environment we are poised
    for huge destruction from Mother Earth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    - Global Warming or a New Ice Age: Documentary Film

    • VLI says:

      In Oregon we are having up and down weather from 74f -94f. It took a long time for summer to arrive so when it did we finally had warm to hot weather. I feel sorry for those of you having to deal with floods and forest fires. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  2. Irene C says:

    Everything to the east of the Mississippi is underwater. Everything to the west is on fire. Here in Ohio I have almost forgotten what the sun looks like but I did see it today. But in the South they are having major flash flooding. :(

  3. Dennis E. says:

    I am inclined to believe that some of these forest fires could be terrorist activity.
    According to reports on this site, volcanic activity has increased world wide which, according to one blogger can lead to planet cooling, which I believe.
    Also, here in the east, we are in our 3rd day of no rain and in some areas farmers can’t get to the crops because of the water in the rows.

  4. Jean says:

    Some of it could very well be caused by terrorist. But much of the odd weather is a warning from God. We had better wise up.

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