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It’s been a dry and windy Spring, and the risk of wildfire has been high. These facts were brought into sharp focus during the recent wildfire event near Bilby Common subdivision east of Onoway, on Monday, April 22.

Bilby Common is home to roughly 100 residents, with a populated surrounding rural area including other subdivisions.

PROACTIVE & PREPARED – We were ready for the call!

Lac Ste. Anne County started preparing in February for Wildfire Season. This year we planned for an early start to the season. We’ve hosted FireSmartTM Training Sessions in communities throughout the region, and amped up our Firefighter, Emergency Social Services, and Emergency Management training.

The County learned from experiences at home and throughout the province last year, and LSACFS is ready to protect our local communities.

LSACFS Chief Randy Schroeder noted:
Staff have taken part in extra training to refresh and enhance wildfire capabilities and expertise. In addition to this we’ve introduced a state-of-the-art drone into the service and numerous other equipment upgrades.

County Reeve Joe Blakeman added:
Wildfires are a threat to homes, businesses, precious habitats, and lands. As part of our work to prevent and tackle wildfires, we’ve been spreading the word with partners, and encouraging everyone in our communities to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfires.

COOPERATION & CONSIDERATION – County residents demonstrated utmost concern and respect.

This success story would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of our residents. From the quick thinking calls to 9-1-1, and respecting roadblocks and detours, to patience and understanding awaiting updates as the events unfolded.

Lac Ste. Anne County Council, Administration, Staff, and Fire Services credit residents and community members for their gracious support.

CALL FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION – We’ve all got to do our part.

  • Download the apps! AB Emergency Alert app, AB Fire Bans app, AB Wildfire Status app.
  • For a more local approach visit for updates, and sign up for the community alert system at
  • Pack a preparedness (go) bag: include clothing, medications and important document.
  • Properly dispose of cigarette butts.
  • Use extreme caution when lawn mowing, grading driveways, using chainsaws, operating ATV/OHV’s, welding, grinding, and conducting any operation that may cause sparks or contact with hot objects and fine, dry grassy fuel types.
  • Be aware of any potential risks of fire ignition.
  • Consider the RESTRICTION of burnable materials at County Transfer Stations during a FIRE BAN.

We know you have been doing your part to conduct spring cleanup and Fire Smart activities. Unfortunately, when a complete Fire Ban is in effect it also restricts County burning. With limited space at the County Transfer Stations, during a Fire Ban we ask that you to take your burnable materials to the Main Landfill – Highway 43 Waste Commission located at 55528 Rge Rd 35. Just south of Hwy 43, just east of the Nakota Crossing PetroCanadaTM.


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