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Every year, forest fires ravage thousands of hectares of trees in Quebec. People aren’t always to blame, but are you allowed to start a fire in the great outdoors? 

In Quebec’s national parks

A simple rule applies in Quebec’s national parks: campfires are only allowed in places specifically marked for that purpose.

In or near a forest

Before starting a fire in or near a forest, make sure you follow these rules:

  • Clear all dead wood, branches, scrub, dead leaves and humus from an area large enough to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • Have equipment ready to prevent the fire from spreading and to extinguish it.
  • Remain in the area until the fire is completely extinguished.

The fine for not obeying these rules is $1,000 to $5,000.

No campfires when the risk is high

During times when the risk of forest fires is high, campfires can be completely banned.

A map showing risk zones is available on the website of the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu, an organization for protection against forest fires (French only).