Montreal

Risk of forest fires extremely high in southwestern Quebec

The province's forest fire protection agency says the Val-d'Or, Outaouais and Pontiac regions are among those most at risk.

Lightning strikes biggest cause of Quebec forest fires in July

Sopfeu warns all-terrain vehicles pose a high risk for starting wildfires when forests are dry. (Radio-Canada)

The risk of forest fires is extremely high in the southwest corner of Quebec.

The province's forest fire protection agency, the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), says the Val-d'Or, Outaouais and Pontiac regions are among those most at risk.

Several regions, from the Eastern Townships to Northern Quebec, are at a high risk of forest fires. That includes the greater Montreal and Quebec City areas.

Most of the province is at an extremely high to moderate risk of forest fires Wednesday. (SOPFEU)

Some parts of northwestern Quebec are at a moderate risk.

SOPFEU reminds vacationers that smouldering campfires, unextinguished cigarette butts and all-terrain vehicles can all cause forest fires.

There were 135 forest fires in Quebec in July, with 100 of them caused by lightning strikes.

The other 35 were caused by human activity.