RIVIÈRE-OUELLE, qc – The work of firefighters, municipal and forestry is likely to continue for several more days at Rivière-Ouelle, qc-a fire in a peat bog raging since Friday. Reinforcements of the Ontario arrived at the Bas-St-Laurent on Tuesday to lend a helping hand to the teams deployed on the ground.
“We continue our operations. You work really hard. We will also continue to protect the 20 of course. One wishes that the rain is at the rendezvous,” said Cathy Elliott Morneau, spokeswoman for SOPFEU.
The fire, which stretches over 440 hectares, is contained but still not under control. About 66 firefighters forest are mobilised in addition to municipal fire fighters.
Two helicopters and two air tankers are assisting in operations.
The extinction of a fire in a peat bog is complex. This last in Rivière-Ouelle is surrounded by a forest.
“It is sure that it is a fire of depth. So, it’s going to take a lot of rain. It requires a lot of work”, adds the spokesperson of the SOPFEU.
Environment Canada has predicted a few showers and risk of thunderstorms Thursday in the Bas-St-Laurent. It could drop 10 to 20 millimetres of rain, but it is a question of precipitation is very localized.
The Southern portion of the bog of Rivière-Ouelle is a hot item currently. The winds can quickly change the situation.
The movement is possible again on highway 20 in the westbound direction in the sector. However, one lane out of two is available. We find pools of water on the road closed, which allows the fire to be supplied easily.
A score of fire in Ontario are now involved in operations since Tuesday morning. Firefighters barracks of Lévis to Rimouski come lend a hand on the ground.
Ten firefighters from the City of Rimouski are already on-site.
“We decided to provide a maximum of 10 firefighters. It sends the fire department and they have all the equipment, but it is to ensure that there is a human presence. We will continue to provide assistance as long as it is required,” explained the mayor of Rimouski, Marc Parent.
The municipality of Rivière-Ouelle, qc has declared a state of local emergency for five days. This allows the municipal administration to be more capacity to act effectively.
With the collaboration of Marie-Eve Cloutier