Fire in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: the part far from won

Incendie au Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: la partie loin d’être gagnée

The huge forest fire in the north of the Lac-Saint-Jean continued to dissipate, but the party is not yet won, and prevents the SOPFEU, who could fight for a few more weeks to get to the end.

The blaze, the area of which greatly exceeds that of the island of Montreal, is considered “content” by the Society for the protection of forests against fire (SOPFEU), that is to say that his progression has been slowed ” temporarily “.

Encouraging sign for forest firefighters : the spread appeared to be improbable on the three-quarters of the perimeter set ablaze, on Sunday evening. About “75 %” of the surface is deemed to be ” controlled “, the spread is frankly held back, says the spokesperson of the SOPFEU, Josée Poitras.

“There has been much progress. The weather has helped us. Before that, it was about 50-55 %. [Sunday], it is [75] %, but there was never a part of the battle. And often, with the weather, it will turn back on, ” says the spokesperson.

Flames continue to devour the forest sectors within the perimeter, while the fire can remain active under the forest canopy in some places. “There’s a few small fires. There was a drying rates and high gusts. “

Huge perimeter

The weather for the next few days should give a boost to fire and a little hope to the cottagers, with a humidity of more important and rain on the horizon early in the week. “It will allow us to better work on the fire and to calm his behavior “, anticipates Ms. Poitras.

The recent gains on the fire helped narrow the perimeter where the access is prohibited, allowing several cottage owners to return to their second home.

Patience put to the test

However, the patience of those who have a building in the current perimeter could be put to the test.

“Let’s say that the pill was hard to swallow. My husband began his retirement and was eager to make the most of the chalet. For the moment, we can’t even go up to see and we can’t wait, ” says the owner of a cottage close to the lake Pamouscachoui, who preferred not to be named.

The fire that raged in the area lasts from the 16th of June, there are nearly three weeks. According to Josée Poitras, ” it is in the normal things for a fire in a large area “.

“Ten years ago, we had a fire of more than 100 hectares in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. It had taken 100 days to come to end, ” gives it as an example.

Teams relocated

The SOPFEU has also relocated strategically its teams on the territory of quebec to the risk of fire and the large contingent of 280 firefighters and support personnel deployed to the north of Lac-Saint-Jean.

Twenty firefighters forest of Ontario, called to lend a hand for the fire of Rivière-Ouelle, have been assigned to the position of Chibougamau.

Still a lot of work for firefighters

A forest fire of gigantic

  • Size of fire : 600 km2
  • Area of the Island of Montreal : 500 km2
  • 160 firefighters forest and 120 support staff deployed
  • The fire is presumed to be “content” and controlled at 75 %

A prohibition of open fire is in effect in several places in Quebec, including in the Mauricie region, in Lanaudière, the Laurentides and the Outaouais.

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