Keeping your home or cottage safe from fire is, of course, a priority. Below you will find plenty of information and advice to help you mitigate the risks of fire destroying your property or spreading from your home to the forest.
The SOPFEU fire danger rating is a good guideline to follow! The appropriate behaviour to adopt for each level of fire danger is laid out below.
The SOPFEU and the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs do not systematically issue a ban on open fires when the fire danger is extreme. However, an extreme danger rating indicates a strong probability that a fire burning under these conditions would ignite, spread rapidly, and become uncontrollable.
Such conditions call for greater prudence and vigilance. In this case, campfires, discarded cigarette butts, fireworks, and off-trail ATVs are a hazard in forest areas.
It is difficult to establish a specific distance because the risk of fire spreading is related to a number of factors, including weather conditions, the time of day, and the type of fuel.
In addition, these factors are in turn influenced by the seasons. In spring, for example, extra vigilance is needed. Surface fuel, composed of dry grasses, twigs, and moss, is easily ignited and it can make the fire spread to the surrounding forest areas.
Every year, SOPFEU and municipal firefighters respond to numerous fires caused by out of control burning. Before proceeding to burn dead vegetation such as grass, leaves, and branches, consider the following alternatives:
•Green bin leaf and yard waste recycling
•Taking your yard waste to an ecocentre