Ban on Open Air Fires

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BAN ON OPEN AIR FIRES IN OR NEAR FORESTS

Québec, April 16th 2020, 6 am – The Minister of Forests, Fauna and Parks has decided to ban open air fires in or near forests, and this, in order to preserve the operational capacity of the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fires (SOPFEU) and the different fire department and protection services during the period of the pandemic.  This decision, taken in collaboration with the SOPFEU, therefore comes with a ban that enters into force on April 16th 2020 at 8:00 am.

The sectors that are affected by this measure include the following Regional County Municipalities and Territories :

MONTÉRÉGIE : Brome-Missisquoi (460), La Haute-Yamaska (470), Rouville (550), Le Haut-Richelieu (560), La Vallée-du-Richelieu (570), Longueuil (58227), Marguerite-D’Youville (590), Roussillon (670), Les Jardins-de-Napierville (680), Le Haut-Saint-Laurent (690), Beauharnois-Salaberry (700).

ESTRIE : Sherbrooke (43027), Memphrémagog (450).

Presently, there are no fires in progress in Québec.  Since the beginning of the season of protection, 9 forest fires have affected 0.3 hectares.  The average over the last ten years, as of the same date, is 17 forest fires affecting 8.9 hectares.

Everyone’s cooperation is essential in order to ensure that the ban on open air fires in and near forests is respected.  This measure has the goal of limiting the risk of forest fires.  A reminder is worth mentioning regarding article 239 of the Law on Sustainable Development of Forested Territory (Chapter A-18.1), whoever ignores a directive on the banning of open air fires in or near forests, or any other directive handed down by the minister, is subject (in addition to the payment of fees) to fines.

Source :
Prevention and Communications Service of the SOPFEU

Information :
http://sopfu.qc.ca/porte-parole/

Siège social (médias nationaux)
Stéphane Caron
418 871-3341

Base de Roberval
(Montérégie et Estrie)
Josée Poitras
418 275-6400

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