Deadly forest fire in the Mauricie region

SAINT-ÉTIENNE-DES-GRÈS | the Two homes of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès, in Mauricie, have been completely razed by a powerful forest fire, which held in breath the fire a good part of the day Friday.

At the height of the blaze, fifty homes had to be evacuated, said the mayor of the municipality, Robert Landry.

At the end of the evening, most had been able to return to their homes, as the fire had been extinguished, to 19 pm, about five hours after the first flames.

To get to the end, six fire departments in the region have been dispatched on the spot, in addition to four planes of the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU).

In all, more than 30 hectares have been ravaged by the flames, reported the mayor.

Friday night, the smoke was still troublesome in some areas of the village.

For this reason, the seven houses still remained inaccessible Friday evening. The occupants were all able to be relocated with relatives for the night, has been specified by Robert Landry.

For the two residences that have flamed, no one was inside.

The first magistrate was not able to say Friday what was the nature of this impressive blaze.

One thing is for certain, making camp fires is strictly prohibited. Because of the unseasonably dry, the SOPFEU has pointed out this week its index of fire risk to “extreme” almost everywhere in Quebec.

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