Quebec Government Bans Campfires As Several Regions Show Extreme Risk For Forest Fires

It's camping season in Quebec! And what does that mean? Well for some of you it means hiking, cycling and just enjoying what nature has to offer. And for some of us, it means mosquitoes and bugs and shared public bathrooms and swearing at your boyfriend while trying to put a tent up.

But I digress. Whether you're a camping lover or not,  you may not be roasting marshmallows over an open fire this summer. 

As of 8 am Monday morning, the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks has banned open fires in forests and nearby areas in parts of Quebec.

Currently, there are 5 forest fires burning in Quebec, adding to the 119 total fires active this year, according to the Société de protection des fôrets contre le feu.

The ban is mostly relegated to parts of Northern Quebec, the North Shore, the Saguenay region, the Laurentians and the Outaouais that have been especially affected by the hot and dry weather. 

Three out of every four forest fires are caused by humans, while the rest are caused by lightning.

Smokers should also be extra careful during the summer months to make sure your cigarettes are completely extinguished when you throw them out. Or a better idea, don't throw your cigarettes into a forest. 

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So far the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) has listed the following sectors as no-open-flame sectors.

NORD-DU-QUÉBEC: Jamésie (991) for its portion south of latitude 53 ° 30 ', Eeyou Istchee (993) (Waswanipi, Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, Nemiscau, Waskaganish).  

NORTH SHORE: Upper North Shore (95), Manicouagan (96), Sept-Rivières (971), Minganie (981), Caniapiscau (972) for its portion south of latitude 52 ° 30 '.  

SAGUENAY-LAC-SAINT-JEAN: The Domaine-du-Roy (91), Maria-Chapdelaine (92) for its portion west of the Mistassini River.  

ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE: Rouyn-Noranda (86), Abitibi-Ouest (87), Abitibi (88), La Vallée-de-l'Or (89), Témiscamingue (85) for its portion north of latitude 47 ° 15 .  

MAURICIE: The Tuque (90).  

GASPÉSIE: Rocher-Percé (02), Côte-de-Gaspé (03), Haute-Gaspésie (04), Bonaventure (05).  

OUTAOUAIS: The Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (83) for its portion north of latitude 47 ° 15 '.

LAURENTIDES: Antoine-Labelle (79) for its portion north of latitude 47 ° 15 '.  

LANAUDIÈRE: Matawinie (62) for its portion north of latitude 47 ° 15 '.

What happens if you decide to still have a campfire in one of the areas where it's banned? You could be charged with payments of costs to any damage resulting in the fire, along with fines, fines and more fines upwards of $50,000.  

So if you can't live without your campfire while camping, make sure you're in one of the regions where the ban isn't in effect. 

You can take a look at all the active fires in Quebec; check it out here.