The County’s 70 'paid on call' firefighters operate out of five districts located in Hylo, Lac La Biche, Owl River, Plamondon and Rich Lake. Supervised by a full-time Regional Fire Chief, members are paid when firefighters train, respond to emergency incidents like structure or ground fires, motor vehicle collisions, and other related emergencies.
- The County has a Community Emergency Plan in place to deal with disasters or other major emergencies.
- Free Emergency Response Action Plan templates and on-site fire safety consultations (called Pre-Incident Site Plans) are available upon request for businesses and commercial buildings located in the County.
- From March 1 to October 31, permits are required for burn barrels and any open air, controlled burning of materials like wood, paper, windrows and other combustibles.
- Burning of any substances that emit toxic fumes, reduce visibility, release unpleasant odours or cause toxic contamination is banned.
- Fire pits and BBQs are excluded from fire bans.
- Fire permits are free but require a site inspection by a Fire Guardian. Who will issue the permit depends on where the property is located within the County:
- If the property is in the yellow area of the fire permitting area (this includes Lac La Biche and Plamondon), contact us. Click here to view a larger GeoPDF version of the fire permitting area.
- If the property is in the green area of the County, contact Alberta Agriculture and Forestry at 780-623-5388.