About 80 firefighters currently fighting a major brush fire burning in the area of the rue de l’esplanade, Val-Bélair, north of Quebec.
The blaze has spread over a good distance and the smoke is visible from very far away. The fire is in the fourth alarm.
Strong winds cause concern for citizens of several residences.
The Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU) has launched a call for caution on Thursday across the province.
Since the beginning of the spring, a number of fires is much higher than usual has been saved, and this, in spite of the prohibition of open fires, which prevails over a large part of the territory of quebec.
Since Saturday, 64 fires were recorded. The current weather conditions result in a fire hazard up to the level of “extreme” on a majority of the territory.
The situation of the next few days is even more troubling because the weather forecasts are going to maintain the conditions conducive to the outbreak of fires.