Abitibi-Témiscamingue has 31 active forest fires, 23 of which are not under control
The x27;Abitibi-Témiscamingue has 31 active forest fires, including 23 that are not under control, Sunday morning, according to the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU).
The largest fires are in Lebel-sur-Quévillon and Normétal in Abitibi-Ouest which continue to burn and are considered threatening.
Besides the citizens of the two municipalities were ordered to evacuate their residence.
The fire in Lebel-Sur-Quévillon so far has not affected the city. We continue to work in this sector with heavy machinery, we have created a firebreak around the city and we use sprinklers to properly water, humidify, protect the sector and also tanker planes […] In the sector of Normetal, there is a fire of approximately 2000 hectares. The fire and about 3.5 km from the village of Normetal. We provide lookout and ground interventions to protect the community. Also, there is a fire in the Lac Matchi-Manitou area [near Louvicourt and Lac-Simon]. This fire will have a lookout today to assess these distances and the possible threat it could have to communities. For the moment, there is no threat, but our goal is to predict how this fire will behave, says the prevention and communications officer at SOPFEU Mélanie Morin.
She says that SOPFEU's interventions are carried out according to priorities, in particular the threat to human life and critical infrastructure.
Priority is always the most important and human life. So we prioritize fires that have a direct impact on human lives, that have an imminent threat. And it is on these fires that we are going to intervene today [Sunday], explains Mélanie Morin.
A ban on going to the forest has been issued for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region due to the significant risk of ignition of new fires.
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