Build a fire break by removing flammable materials within a 10-m radius.

Leave 5 m between your trees and prune off branches from the ground up to 2 m.

Choose non-flammable materials such as sheet metal or bricks for your walls.

Equip your chimney or wood stove with a fire screen to protect against sparks.

Choose a roof made of metal or fibreglass.


In this section, various types of publications have been made available so that the public can learn about the SOPFEU. To facilitate the task, we’ve divided the section into four themes : Forestry Companies, Municipalities, Documentation and Annual Reports.

In this section, you will find a list of publications aimed at assisting the administrators of municipalities in conducting fire prevention training activities with citizens.

Ban on open fires in or near forested areasPDF

This document explains what is a ban on open fires in or near forested areas, who decrees it, under what circumstances and what it entails.

Disponible en français: Interdiction de faire des feux à ciel ouvert en forêt ou à proximité

Bonfire, follow these stepsPDF

For both the youth ... and not so young, this document presents the steps for a safe campfire.

Disponible en français: Feu de camp, les étapes à respecter

Burning grass... Useless and hazardousPDF

A backgrounder on the grass burning, a practice less and less common, since it is useless, hazardous and costly!

Disponible en français: Le brûlage d'herbe, une habitude à perdre

Camp and cottage owners, prevent the worst!PDF

You will find in this document tips to reduce the risk related to forest fires, especially by the choice of construction materials, vegetation clearance areas and protection equipment it is good to have on hand .

Disponible en français: Protection de votre habitation, évitez le pire!

Do it right, watch your fire!PDF

They may be made to repel mosquitoes, warm yourself, cook food or simply cheer up a party, fires connected to recreational activities are the source of 145 forest fires each year in Quebec.

Disponible en français: Faites un coup fumant: surveillez votre feu!

Domestic burning permit: legislation for accountabilityPDF

Domestic burning permits are not required under the Sustainable Forest Development Act, so why bother to regulate? This document answers this question and provides an example of burning regulations your municipality could use to create their own rules.

Disponible en français: Permis de brûlage domestique, réglementer pour responsabiliser 

Example of a by-law for burning
Disponible en français: Gabarit règlement de brûlage

Both types of burning permit
Disponible en français: Les deux types de permis de brûlage 

Fire dangerPDF

How is fire danger calculated? How to use it and most importantly, where to find it? To learn more about the fire danger, see this document.

Disponible en français: Danger d'incendie 

Forest fire suppression: A few security remindersPDF

Municipal firefighters are often the first responders when a fire broke out near a municipality. Here are some safety rules to remember so intervention goes smoothly.

Disponible en français: Suppression des incendies de forêt, quelques rappels de sécurité 

If you flick your cigarette butt, you run the risk of causing a fire...PDF

Yes, smoking in the forest has its share of risk! A cigarette butt or ember fell from its tip may result in a fire. This message of prevention exposes how to smoke safely in the forest.

Disponible en français: À semer des mégots, on récolte des incendies

In the spring, vigilance should not go up in smokePDF

We can not predict what the spring holds for us in the register of forest fires. However, we know that with a little good weather, the situation can quickly become critical. Here are some certainties that should prompt vigilance ...

Disponible en français: Le printemps, une saison critique pour les incendies de forêt