A dozen regions of Quebec affected by the ban on open fires in the forest environment

Anyone who violates the ban is subject to a fine ranging from $500 to $50,000.

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A ban on open fires in or near forest areas will come into effect Saturday morning in about ten regions of Quebec.

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The province’s Department of Forests, Wildlife and Parks announced the ban on Friday.

The decision, taken in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (SOPFEU), aims to limit the risk of forest fires given the current conditions in the province.

The measure applies to the following regions: Montreal, Laval, Montérégie, Estrie, Mauricie, Chaudière-Appalaches, Laurentians, Outaouais, Lanaudière, Centre-du-Québec, Capitale-Nationale, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Under Quebec’s Sustainable Forest Development Act, anyone who contravenes an ordinance prohibiting open fires near a forest is liable to a fine ranging from $500 to $50,000.

As temperatures rise across Quebec, especially in the south of the province, SOPFEU indicates that the conditions for the next few days will be “particularly conducive” to the spread of fires in forest areas.

The organization warned that dead leaves, grass and branches on the ground dry out quickly in the spring and become highly flammable.

Since the start of the season, 69 forest fires have affected 73.5 hectares in Quebec. The average for the same date over the past 10 years is 81 fires burning over 58.8 hectares.

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