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Modification of the ban on open fires in or near the forest: partial lifting

Filed under: The environment , Hunting, fishing and the outdoors Subjects: Public safety , Environmental policy , CPG Modification of the ban on open fires in or near the forest: partial lifting QUEBEC , June 18, 2021 / CNW Telbec / - The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs has decided to modify the ban on open fires in or near forests. This decision, taken in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU), therefore leads to a reduction in the area affected by the ban on open fires in or near the forest. Given the weather conditions that have evolved in the north of the province, the measurement is modified as of June 18 at 8 p.m.

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Modification of the ban on open fires in or near the forest: partial lifting

The sectors still targeted by the ban correspond to the following RCMs and territories: NORD-DU-QUÉBEC:  Jamésie (991) - south of latitude 51º and west of longitude 74º, Eeyou Istchee ( Waswanipi , Mistissini , Oujé-Bougoumou) (993) - west of longitude 74 °. SAGUENAY-LAC-SAINT-JEAN  : Le Domaine -du-Roy (91) - west of longitude 74 °. ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE: Témiscamingue (85) - north of latitude 47 °, Rouyn-Noranda (86), Abitibi-Ouest (87), Abitibi (88), La Vallée-de-l'Or (89). MAURICIE:  La Tuque (90) - west of longitude 74 °. OUTAOUAIS:  La Vallée-de-la- Gatineau (83) - north of latitude 47 °, Pontiac (84) - north of latitude 47 °. LAURENTIDES:  Antoine-Labelle (79) - north of latitude 47 °. LANAUDIÈRE:  Matawinie (62) - north of latitude 47 ° and west of longitude 74 °.

Currently, 21 fires are active in Quebec. Since the start of the protection season, 393 forest fires have affected 7,056.6 hectares. The average of the last ten years at the same date is 214 fires for an area of ​​10,114.3 hectares. The collaboration of all is essential so that the ban on open fires in the forest is respected. The purpose of this measure is to limit the risk of forest fires. It should be remembered that under article 239 of the Act respecting the sustainable development of forest land (chapter A-18.1), anyone who contravenes an order prohibiting open-air fires in or near the forest. - here or any other measure rendered by the Minister is liable, in addition to the payment of costs, to a fine. Source: SOPFEU Prevention and Communications Department Information: Consult the regional distribution of territories: Head office               Stéphane Caron 418 871-3341 East region                 Isabelle Gariépy 418 295-2300 Center region           Josée Poitras 418 275-6400 West region            Melanie Morin             819 449-4271 SOURCE SOPFEU's Prevention and Communications Department


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