A number of fires slightly above average for the start of the SOPFEU season

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By Kim Lacaille
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May 8, 2024 / 09:46

The Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU) had a rather early start to the season in March and the month of April was slightly above average for the teams in the field.

Despite all the precipitation received in April, this water supply was nevertheless distributed irregularly during the month. This resulted in periods of vegetation drying out in different areas, which favored the outbreak of several fires.

Mélanie Morin, prevention and communications officer for SOPFEU, says more:

Melanie Morin 1

It should be noted that the fires of the last month occurred almost everywhere in the territory, which gives a fairly calm result, as the communications officer explains:

Melanie Morin 1

All of the fires recorded this year were caused by human activity. SOPFEU reminds that the burning of plant waste carried out during the spring cleaning of the land is responsible for several fires, in particular.

Of the 52 fires recorded in April, 23 are associated with this type of burning, or 44%. Alternatives are available to people for getting rid of their plant waste: composting, collecting green waste and depositing residual materials at the ecocenter.

SOPFEU reminds, through its major advertising campaign, that avoidable fires must be avoided.

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