Forest fires: “Everyone's collaboration is more essential than ever”

Forest fires: “Everyone's collaboration is more essential than ever”

Forest fires: “Everyone's collaboration is more than ever essential”

Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec are not spared from forest fires.

More than 100 wildfires are raging right now all over Quebec. Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec are not spared.

More than twenty fires are underway in the Lebel-sur-Quévillon and Senneterre sectors, most of which are out of control.

The Ministry of Resources Natural Resources and Forests has decided to prohibit forest access on public lands in seven sectors. Two of these affect Abitibi-Témiscamingue and another, Nord-du-Québec.

All roads in these areas are closed for public interest considerations, specifies the ministry.

Sectors targeted by the prohibition of access to lands in the domain of the State due to forest fires .

Forest fires have also been detected in the La Vérendrye wildlife reserve. They are considered out of control by the Society for the Protection of Forests against Fire (SOPFEU).

The Sûreté du Québec has erected roadblocks at each entrance to the wildlife reserve, on Route 117, in order to invite motorists to be vigilant regarding forest fires.

SOPFEU is still working to put out the forest fire in Chapais.

In Abitibi-Ouest, two forest fires are active, said Luc Goudreau, director of fire prevention and civil security for the City of La Sarre. By press release, he also invites the population to collaborate.

We ask for the collaboration of all citizens in order to avoid any lighting of fires, even in installations compliant. Also, it is strictly forbidden to use fireworks. These bans will remain in effect until the fire danger index decreases, Mr. Goudreau stresses.

It is essential to demonstrate extreme caution to prevent uncontrolled spread of fire. The collaboration of all users of forest areas is more essential than ever to protect our forests and ensure everyone's safety, he adds.