QUEBEC – Access to the forest on lands in the domain of the State must again be allowed in Quebec as of this Friday, at 8:00 am.
The decision was announced a few hours earlier by the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, which decided to lift the ban entirely.
This lifting, which also provides for the reopening of roads for reasons of public interest, applies to the territory of the Chute-des-Passes sector, in Lac-Saint-Jean, where a major forest fire raged during the past few weeks.
The ministry indicates that its decision was taken in concert with the Organization of the civil security, following the interventions carried out by the Society of protection of forests against fire (SOPFEU) to fight fires and after analysis of current weather conditions and coming to the industry.
In Lac-Saint-Jean, Environment Canada forecasts showers Saturday and Sunday and assesses the possibility of showers at 40% Friday and Monday and 60% Tuesday.
The ministry specifies however that operations of extinction of fires continue in the sector where the prohibition of access in forest on the grounds of the domain of the State applied and the closing of roads. The public is therefore invited to avoid these areas as much as possible and to be careful to avoid lighting fires when you are in or near the forest.
Friday morning, the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU) counted seven active forest fires in Quebec.
The Canadian Press
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