Abitibi-Témiscamingue, region most affected by forest fires in Quebec

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, region most affected by forest fires in Quebec

Abitibi-T&émiscamingue, region most affected by forest fires in Quebec

SOPFEU has implemented an open fire ban.

After a long weekend of firefighting and evacuations, forest fires are still a concern in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec.

The forest fire located three kilometers from Normétal, in Abitibi-Ouest, is a priority for the Society for the Protection of Forests against Fire (SOPFEU).

Reinforcement personnel are expected , including a team of US and military specialists.

The winds will be from the north, northwest, so push the fire towards Normal and Saint-Lambert. We continue our work with teams on the ground, with heavy machinery and with helicopter-borne watering, specifies Mélanie Morin of SOPFEU.

Josée Poitras, spokesperson for SOPFEU, specifies that the fire reached 2000 hectares of burned forest. Despite the temperature, the weather, the fire will still show activity, she adds.

“We will try to save the village. »

— Doris Nolet, director of the fire department at the City of Normétal

The director of the Normétal fire department reports that the morale of the troops is good. She does not believe that citizens will be able to return to their homes today because of the smoke.

Smoke spread throughout the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region over the weekend.

Conversely, the expected changes in wind direction will improve the situation in Lebel-sur-Quévillon where the fire stopped one kilometer from the municipality on Sunday.

La head of fire will not approach the city. The machinery is still on site, we are building a mechanized fire line, adds Josée Poitras of SOPFEU.

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Josée Poitras recalls two important prohibitions, that of avoiding traveling in the forest and making open fires.

Smoke is present as far as downtown Val-d'Or.

The Center de services scolaire de l'Or-et-des-Bois has announced that the Classes are suspended this Monday at La Concorde High School, Center La Concorde and Polyvalente Le Carrefour.

Victims who were housed there over the weekend are still there.

In Abitibi-Ouest, school transportation has been canceled for the northern sector. The Normetal pavilion is closed until further notice. In La Sarre, victims are also welcomed at the Cité Étudiante Polyno secondary school.

On Sunday, Val-Paradis declared a state of emergency and the citizens of the village and ranges two to seven west of Beaucanton had to head there.

< p class="e-p">Lessons take place normally in the schools of the Harricana School Services Center.

The management mentions monitoring the situation closely.

On Sunday, the Municipality of Senneterre declared a state of emergency.

An evacuation notice was issued Saturday morning in the Aboriginal community of Lac- Simon.

Lac-Simon police officers were carrying out traffic checks over the weekend

About 1,800 people live in Lac-Simon and hundreds of them have been welcomed to the Val-d'Or arena. The situation will be reassessed on Monday morning.

Sorry to have had to leave their homes, some appreciate the community spirit that reigns there.

The areas of Louvicourt, Lake Wyeth, Lake Gueguen, Lake Matchi-Manitou and Lake Villebon were evacuated on Saturday. The advisory was suspended for residents of Louvicourt and Lake Wyeth on Sunday.

These areas are located 30 kilometers east of the urban core of Val- d'Or.

On the night of Friday to Saturday, the citizens of Lebel-sur-Quévillon in Nord-du-Québec had to leave their homes.