Open fire ban

The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has decided to modify the ban on open fires in or near the forest. This decision, taken in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU), therefore involves the modification of the territory affected by the ban on open fires in or near the forest. Given the weather conditions that have changed and the disappearance of snow cover in several regions, the measure is modified as of May 19 at 8 a.m.
In the current conditions which are favorable to forest fires, it is easy to quickly lose control of the fires that are lit during the spring cleaning of the grounds. Indeed, more than half of the fires that have occurred since the beginning of spring have been caused by the loss of control of a burning of waste or residual materials made by residents.
This ban on open fires also aims to preserve the operational capacity of SOPFEU and that of municipal fire departments during the pandemic, by limiting the risks of spread of the virus when firefighters respond to alerts.

The sectors now targeted by this measure correspond to the following MRCs and territories:

NORD-DU-QUÉBEC: Jamésie (991) [au sud de la latitude 500 et à l’ouest de la longitude 760,30’].

CÔTE-NORD: La Haute-Côte-Nord (95) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], Manicouagan (96) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], Sept-Rivières (971) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)].

SAGUENAY–LAC-SAINT-JEAN: Le Domaine-du-Roy (91) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], Maria-Chapdelaine (92) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], Lac-Saint-Jean-Est (93) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], Saguenay (941), Le Fjord-du-Saguenay (942) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)].

ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE: Témiscamingue (85), Rouyn-Noranda (86), Abitibi-Ouest (87), Abitibi (88), La Vallée-de-l’Or (89).

MAURICIE: Mékinac (35), Shawinigan (36), Trois-Rivières (371), Les Chenaux (372), Maskinongé (51), La Tuque (90).

CAPITALE-NATIONALE: Charlevoix-Est (15) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], Charlevoix (16) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], L’Île-d’Orléans (20), La Côte-de-Beaupré (21) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO) sauf le territoire de Saut-au-cochon], La Jacques-Cartier (22) [excluant sa portion de territoires non organisés (TNO)], Québec (23), Portneuf (34).

BAS-SAINT-LAURENT: La Matapédia (07), La Matanie (08), La Mitis (09), Rimouski-Neigette (10), Les Basques (11), Rivière-du-Loup (12), Témiscouata (13), Kamouraska (14).

GASPÉSIE–ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE: Le Rocher-Percé (02), La Côte-de-Gaspé (03), La Haute-Gaspésie (04), Bonaventure (05), Avignon (06).

OUTAOUAIS: Papineau (80), Gatineau (81), Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais (82), La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (83), Pontiac (84).

LAURENTIDES: Deux-Montagnes (72), Thérèse-De Blainville (73), Mirabel (74), La Rivière-du-Nord (75), Argenteuil (76), Les Pays-d’en-Haut (77), Les Laurentides (78), Antoine-Labelle (79).

LANAUDIÈRE: D’Autray (52), L’Assomption (60), Joliette (61), Matawinie (62), Montcalm (63), Les Moulins (64).

CHAUDIÈRE-APPALACHES: L’Islet (17), Montmagny (18), Bellechasse (19), Lévis (251), La Nouvelle-Beauce (26), Robert-Cliche (27), Les Etchemins (28), Beauce-Sartigan (29), Les Appalaches (31), Lotbinière (33).

CENTRE-DU-QUÉBEC: L’Érable (32), Bécancour (38), Arthabaska (39), Drummond (49), Nicolet-Yamaska (50).

MONTÉRÉGIE: Brome-Missisquoi (46), La Haute-Yamaska (47), Acton (48), Pierre-De Saurel (53), Les Maskoutains (54), Rouville (55), Le Haut-Richelieu (56), La Vallée-du-Richelieu (57), Longueuil (58), Marguerite-D’Youville (59), Roussillon (67), Les Jardins-de-Napierville (68), Le Haut-Saint-Laurent (69), Beauharnois-Salaberry (70), Vaudreuil-Soulanges (71).

ESTRIE: Le Granit (30), Les Sources (40), Le Haut-Saint-François (41), Le Val-Saint-François (42), Sherbrooke (43), Coaticook (44), Memphrémagog (45).

LAVAL: Laval (65).

MONTRÉAL: Montréal (66).

for more information on this ban please visit the SOPFEU website at https://sopfeu.qc.ca