Forest fires – Ban on Open Fires or In the Vicinity of a Forest

by ahnationtalk on May 29, 202369 Views

QUEBEC CITY, May 28, 2023 – The ministère des Ressources naturelles et des Forêts has decided to ban open fires in or in the vicinity of a forest because of the current conditions. This decision, taken in collaboration with the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), therefore results in a ban that takes effect starting on May 28, at 7 p.m.

The areas affected by this measure are the following RCMs and territories:

NORD-DU-QUÉBEC : Jamésie (991), Administration régionale Kativik (992), Eeyou Istchee (Waswanipi, Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, Chisasibi, Eastmain, Nemiscau, Waskaganish, Wemindji) (993).

CÔTE-NORD : La Haute-Côte-Nord (95), Manicouagan (96), Sept-Rivières (971), Caniapiscau (972), Minganie (981) – partie sur le continent et Île-d’Anticosti.

SAGUENAY–LAC-SAINT-JEAN : Le Domaine-du-Roy (91), Maria-Chapdelaine (92), Lac-Saint-Jean-Est (93), Saguenay (941), Le Fjord-du-Saguenay (942).

ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE : Témiscamingue (85), Rouyn-Noranda (86), Abitibi-Ouest (87), Abitibi (88), La Vallée-de-l’Or (89).

MAURICIE : Mékinac (35), Shawinigan (36), Trois-Rivières (371), Les Chenaux (372), Maskinongé (51), La Tuque (90).

CAPITALE-NATIONALE : Charlevoix-Est (15), Charlevoix (16), L’Île-d’Orléans (20), La Côte-de-Beaupré (21), La Jacques-Cartier (22), Québec (23), Portneuf (34).

BAS-SAINT-LAURENT : La Matapédia (07), La Matanie (08), La Mitis (09), Rimouski-Neigette (10), Les Basques (11), Rivière-du-Loup (12), Témiscouata (13), Kamouraska (14).

GASPÉSIE–ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE : Le Rocher-Percé (02), La Côte-de-Gaspé (03), La Haute-Gaspésie (04), Bonaventure (05), Avignon (06).

OUTAOUAIS : Papineau (80), Gatineau (81), Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais (82), La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (83), Pontiac (84).

LAURENTIDES : Deux-Montagnes (72), Thérèse-De Blainville (73), Mirabel (74), La Rivière-du-Nord (75), Argenteuil (76), Les Pays-d’en-Haut (77), Les Laurentides (78), Antoine-Labelle (79).

LANAUDIÈRE : D’Autray (52), L’Assomption (60), Joliette (61), Matawinie (62), Montcalm (63), Les Moulins (64).

CHAUDIÈRE-APPALACHES : L’Islet (17), Montmagny (18), Bellechasse (19), Lévis (251), La Nouvelle-Beauce (26), Beauce-Centre (27), Les Etchemins (28), Beauce-Sartigan (29), Les Appalaches (31), Lotbinière (33).

MONTÉRÉGIE : Vaudreuil-Soulanges (71).

To view the map of the affected territory, go to:
sopfeu.qc.ca/en

There are currently 10 fires in activity in Québec. Since the start of the protection season, 173 forest fires have affected 246 hectares. The average for the last 10 years at this time of the year is 183 fires for an area of 182 hectares.

Everyone must collaborate to make sure that the ban on open fires in the forest is respected. This measure is intended to limit the risk of forest fires. Pursuant to section 239 of the Sustainable Forest Management Act (chapter A-18.1), any person who contravenes an order prohibiting open fires in or in the vicinity of a forest or any other action taken by the Minister is liable, in addition to the payment of the costs, to a fine.

Source:

Service de la prévention et des communications de la SOPFEU

Information:

Refer to the regional distribution of territories: sopfeu.qc.ca/en/spokesperson

Siège social
Stéphane Caron
418-871-3341, ext. 5484

East Region
Isabelle Gariépy
418-295-2300, ext. 1410

Central Region
Josée Poitras
418-275-6400, ext. 2470

West region
Melanie Morin
819-449-4271, ext. 3470

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