“We are not yet out of hostel,” says SOPFEU

“We are not yet out of hostel,” says SOPFEU

SOPFEU’s work is far from over as several forest fires continue to rage in northwestern Quebec.

In an interview with LCN, SOPFEU spokesperson Stéphane Caron explained that the situation in Abitibi and Nord-du-Québec is particularly dire. Also, fresh evacuations were announced on Friday.

After a brief lull, the fire has started to spread again over the past few days.

“This week’s weather is causing significant drought and is causing intensities and spread rates to be very high,” explains a SOPFEU spokesperson.

Crews are currently working on the edges of the forest to try to prevent the fire from spreading towards communities.

“We do a lot of work to protect these communities,” says Mr. Karen.

The weekend doesn’t promise to be any easier, with still hot and dry weather for fire-affected areas.

“We haven’t left the hostel yet because they haven’t announced rain before Monday or Tuesday,” says Stephen Caron.

Mr. SOPFEU said good rains will protect the population and control the fire. Karen warns. Even with the expected rain, victory should not be declared too soon.

“If not completely extinguished before another bout of dry weather, the fire will be contained […] They can be reborn from their ashes,” he notes.

Watch the video above to watch the full interview.

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