More fires than usual to end the season, according to SOPFEU
Article published on 6 October 2021
logo imprimer
Noter cet article :
0 vote

La Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) saw a slightly busier September than they are used to. Over the course of the last month, 37 fires burnt 3.7 hectares of forest in the special protection zone, with the majority in the west of the province. Though the amount burned was lower than the 10 year average of 6.6 hectares, the number of fires was nearly double the median of 19.8.

In a statement, SOPFEU noted that in the fall, recreation activities in the forest are very popular, and are responsible for 70% of the incidents during September. Poorly extinguished campfires alone caused 17 fires.

Since the start of the 2021 season, SOPFEU has intervened in 581 fires in the protection zone, which burned 8,030.2 hectares, compared to the 10 year average of 428 fires over an area of 18,356.9 hectares. Though the summer heat is over, with hunters, ATVers and cottagers traversing the woods at this time of year, the risk of man-made forest fires is still present. SOPFEU urges caution when dealing with things like campfires, cooking appliances, heating systems and cigarettes.

Les Nouvelles du Pontiac

Single-vehicle accident on Rte. 301 in Thorne

8 August 2022

A single-vehicle accident took place on Rte. 301 in the Thorne area last night around 11 p.m. The driver swerved to avoid a deer and ended up in a swamp near the road. Fortunately, the driver escaped unscathed but the vehicle is a total loss. - News / actus, (...)

lire la suite

Back to school drive seeking supplies for students in need

5 August 2022

With the school year just around the corner, a group of local volunteers are collecting school supplies for Pontiac families in need. Samantha Oxley of the Angel Tree program spoke with CHIP 101.9 about their ongoing drive. She explained that they're looking for a wide variety of items, (...)

lire la suite

Fort-Coulonge Mayor Christine Francoeur provides details on boil-water advisory

5 August 2022

A boil-water advisory is in effect for residents of Fort-Coulonge as well as the St-Camille and chemin Grand-Marais sections of Mansfield. Mayor Christine Francoeur explained to CHIP 101.9 that they are currently waiting on a part for the water system's computer control, which should be (...)

lire la suite

CAQ candidate for Pontiac to be announced August 12

5 August 2022

The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) will announce their candidates for the Pontiac and Hull ridings next Friday, August 12. The announcement will take place in Hull at the Cabane en bois rond, located at 331 boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes (salle Desjardins) from 2 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Registration is (...)

lire la suite

Heat warning issued for Pontiac this Saturday

5 August 2022

Environment Canada has issued a warning for the Pontiac area on Saturday, as high temperatures combined with humidity could create humidex values of 40 or more. The statement adds that the heat will persist into Sunday. “Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool (...)

lire la suite

L'Isle-aux-Allumettes farmer David Gillespie set to represent Canada at Vermont agritourism conference

5 August 2022

In a press release, Vermont Governor Phil Scott declared August as the month of agritourism and at the same time indicated that the state was preparing to welcome delegates for an agritourism conference that will bring together 47 countries. Representing Canada will be L'Isle-aux-Allumettes (...)

lire la suite


Advertising