Forest fires on the rise – QUÉBEC ASKS PEOPLE TO AVOID TRAVEL AND FOREST ACTIVITIES
Quebec City, June 1, 2023 – The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et des Forêts (MRNF) and the Ministère de la Sécurité publique (MSP) are issuing a precautionary notice concerning the risk of forest fires, and are requesting the cooperation of the entire population to avoid or restrict forest travel as much as possible over the next few days, due to the extreme flammability index and worrisome fires underway in certain areas of the province.
This government recommendation, made in conjunction with the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) and covering all regions of Quebec, is intended to reduce the risk of fire, facilitate SOPFEU operations and ensure public safety. It’s important to remember that open fires in or near forests are currently prohibited throughout Quebec.
Since May 28, the province has been facing a situation conducive to forest fires, with high, dry temperatures and low precipitation across the entire territory.
The MRNF, MSP and SOPFEU would like to remind the public that, during this period of extreme fire danger throughout Quebec, the utmost caution is required to avoid a conflagration. The cooperation of all forest land users is more essential than ever to protect our forests and ensure everyone’s safety.
For information on the forest fire situation, please consult the SOPFEU website. Further information on what to do in the event of a forest fire is also available on Québec.ca.
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