You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Forest fire risk jumps in eastern Quebec after sunny weather

cbc.ca logo cbc.ca 2017-07-16
Forest fire risk jumps in eastern Quebec after sunny weather © Paul Tukker/CBC Forest fire risk jumps in eastern Quebec after sunny weather

A few days of sunny weather have raised the risk of forest fire in parts of eastern Quebec, according to SOPFEU, the province's forest fire prevention agency.

The risk of forest fires is very high in Gaspé and Rimouski-Matapédia, and high in Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles.

There is currently no ban on campfires in the province. Catherine Morency, a spokesperson for SOPFEU, warned that  after a few days of nice weather, a gust of wind could reignite embers that aren't properly extinguished.

"If you have a bonfire, make sure you have a fire guard and never leave a fire unattended," she said. 

If you do choose to build a bonfire, SOPFEU offers these steps to limit the risk of starting a forest fire:

  • Choose an area away from trees and buildings, and preferably close to water.
  • Clear the ground down to bare soil.
  • Make the fire small, don't start with a big blaze.
  • Keep an eye on your fire at all times.
  • Make sure you have water and hand tools near the fire.
  • When you put it out, put lots of water on the fire.
  • Stir the embers to make sure they're wet.
  • Wait a few minutes and if the ashes are still hot, add water and stir the embers again. Repeat until the remains are cool.
  • Cover the ashes with sand or earth.

Check the fire risk at SOPFEU's website here.

AdChoices
AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon