Forest fire in Rivière-à-Pierre

Firefighters were called once again to intervene Saturday to extinguish a forest fire, this time in the north of Rivière-à-Pierre, in Portneuf area.

The Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), which has sent tankers on the scene, was assured in the early evening that the blaze was “content”.

“It means that the progression is stopped, at least temporarily,” said the spokesman of the SOPFEU, Isabelle Gariépy.

Cottages of the zec Rivière-Blanche had to be evacuated, said the mayor of Rivière-à-Pierre, Andrée St-Laurent, who was not able to give the number.

All the volunteer firefighters from the small municipality were to assist with the SOPFEU Saturday evening, she continued.

According to the map of the SOPFEU, the flames were reported in the area of the lake of the Snow, near the railway that leads to the Lac-Saint-Jean.

The SOPFEU was not able to tell if the track was affected by the fire.

The company added that the blaze had been contained, on 15 hectares, which makes it a fire of a greater relative importance.

In comparison, the one which has been content to Saint-Étienne-des-Grès, in Mauricie, has expanded to 40 acres Saturday.

Extreme level and prohibition of campfires

The SOPFEU is in a state of alert since a few days because of the time seconds, The alert level was raised to “extreme” on almost all of Quebec, inhabited.

Of course the camp fires are prohibited. However, there’s a good chance that the fires of Rivière-à-Pierre and Saint-Étienne-des-Grès are of human nature.

“At this stage, it is often human caused, as there was no lightning,” explained Ms. Gariépy of the SOPFEU.

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