Partial lifting of the ban on open fires in the forest or near the forest

Partial lifting of the ban on open fires in the forest or near the forest
Partial lifting of the ban on open fires in the forest or near the forest

Quebec, June 24, 2024 – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will modify the ban on open fires in or near forests starting June 24, at 12 p.m.. The decision to modify the territory affected by this ban was taken in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU) due to weather conditions bringing rain to Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie.

The measure banning open fires now applies to the following territory:

NORTHERN QUEBEC: Jamésie (991) – for its portion located south of latitude 54°, Eeyou Istchee (Waswanipi, Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, Chisasibi, Eastmain, Nemiscau, Waskaganish, Wemindji) (993).

NORTH COAST : La Haute-Côte-Nord (95), Manicouagan (96), Sept-Rivières (971), Caniapiscau (972) – for its portion located south of latitude 54°, Minganie (981), Le Golfe-du- Saint-Laurent (982).

SAGUENAY–LAC-SAINT-JEAN: Le Domaine-du-Roy (91) – for its portion located north of latitude 49°, Maria-Chapdelaine (92) – for its portion located north of latitude 49°, Le Fjord-du-Saguenay ( 942) – for its portion located north of the Saguenay River.

Currently, seven fires are active in Quebec in intensive protection zones. Since the start of the protection season, 193 forest fires have affected 13,981.9 hectares. The average for the last ten years at the same date is 276 fires for an area of ​​113,535.2 hectares.

This ban measure aims to limit the risk of forest fires. Remember that under section 239 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act (chapter A-18.1), anyone who contravenes an order prohibiting open fires in the forest or near it This or any other measure issued by the Minister is liable, in addition to payment of costs, to a fine. Everyone’s collaboration is essential.

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