Open fires: partial lifting of the ban as early as Thursday

Feux à ciel ouvert: levée partielle de l’interdiction dès jeudi

The prohibition of open fires in the forest or in close proximity will be partially lifted as of Thursday morning in Quebec.

The ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks (MFFP) has decided to modify its ban in the wake of the rainfall the last few hours.

The decision was taken in collaboration with the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU).

Given the weather conditions that have evolved, the measure is amended, effective 25 June at 8am.

With the passage of the rain over a large part of the territory, the risks associated with open fires have decreased in several regions.

The prohibition remains in force in the territories where the rainfall have not yet fallen as well as in the perimeter covered by the ban on access to forest on lands in the domain of the State, due to a major forest fire continued to be active in the area of Chute-des-Passes.

Areas of the Côte-Nord and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean are always targeted by this measure.

Currently, 24 fires are in operation in Quebec. Since the beginning of the season of protection, 501 forest fires have affected 63 424,6 ha. The average of the last ten years to the same date of 236 fires for an area of 27 310,2 hectares.

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