For emergencies, call 911
Lac La Biche County Fire Rescue responds to emergency incidents like structure fires and motor vehicle collisions. Casual paid-on-call firefighters operate in five districts, with halls located in Hylo, Lac La Biche, Owl River, Plamondon and Rich Lake. On the administrative side, staff members oversee firefighter operations and logistics, including recruitment, public education and equipment management.
The department's supervisor who is the Director of Emergency Management for the County is also responsible for the official Community Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). Elements of the CEMP were used during the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, when the Bold Center was used as a reception centre for evacuees, and the 2020 – LLB Hwy 55 Flood.
Burn Permits and Fire Season
The Fire Services department regulates burn permits during fire season.
To protect the community and the environment, permits are required for all burning besides campfires from March 1 to October 31. Permits are free but site inspections are required and permits may be conditional, to ensure safety.
How can I obtain a burn permit?
Residents must apply to either the County or Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, depending on which area of the municipality they live in. Click here to view a small map of the permitting zones, or click here to view a larger version of the map that shows the permitting zones broken down by quarter section. Call (780) 623-6767 to inquire about permits from the County, and call (780) 623-5388 for permits from the Province.
Fire bans and other restrictions may be implemented during fire season. When a fire ban is announced, burn permits are suspended and all types of burning are prohibited, including campfires. Typically, the County and Alberta Agriculture & Forestry will have similar restrictions in the areas they monitor. Click here for information on provincial restrictions.
Any burning that is done outside of fire season should still be reported so the authorities know where to expect smoke. This reduces the number of false alarms to which firefighters respond.
As a large municipality with many rural subdivisions, the County takes steps to reduce the risk of wildfire in the region. The County has a Wildland-Urban Interface Plan that analyzes hazard risk levels and identifies areas of concern.
Lac La Biche County offers free FireSmart assessments and wood chipping for local residents. Trained inspectors will look at properties and recommend ways to reduce the danger of a wildfire starting and spreading. Please call (780) 623-6774 for more information. Recognizing that forested wilderness is all around us, the County also organizes information sessions and open houses to teach community members about the importance of FireSmart and fire prevention.
Free Emergency Response Action Plan templates and on-site fire safety consultations are available upon request for businesses and commercial properties in the County.
Sprinkler Protection Program
Lac La Biche County offers sprinkler protection kits at cost to residents. The kits can be installed on building roofs and used to keep the structures and nearby ground wet in the event of a wildfire, making it much more difficult for them to catch fire. This is especially useful for rural homeowners. Please call (780) 623-6774 for more information.
Fire Services currently has three SPU’s – Structure Protection units. These units combined without the use of any manpower could protect up to 70 structures in the case of an impending wildfire.
Fire Inspection, ERAP & Occupancy Load Request
Lac La Biche County has an Alberta Safety Codes accredited fire inspection program for businesses and property owners in Lac La Biche County. The goal of the program is to help make Lac La Biche County a safer place by educating business and property owners about fire and community safety, and to identify and correct any fire or life safety issues.
Inspections are provided by Safety Codes Officers with Fire Services.
Please complete this form to request an inspection and occupancy load calculation for your business / property: Form to Complete for Request. For more information contact: Fire Services Administration at (780) 623-6774.