Fire safety awareness and public safety and education are an important part of Yellowhead County’s mandate and YCFD’s (Yellowhead County Fire Department’s) mission and vision statements and our core values.
Fire Burn Permits & Fire Permit Season
Fire season starts in spring of each year and will vary from year to year depending on current conditions. During this time, permits are required for any burning (excluding campfires), or already burning fires.
Wildfire information for the Edson Forest Protection Area can be found at https://srd.web.alberta.ca/edson-area-update
The Edson Forest Protection Area (managed by Alberta Wildfire) covers all of Yellowhead County except the Yellowhead County Fire Area (managed by Yellowhead County.)
Fire Bans are listed at www.albertafirebans.ca.
Yellowhead County manages and only issues fire permits for the area north of Highway 16 and east of Highway 22. Permits are free and available by contacting your closest Yellowhead County Office.
For further information on Fire Permits for this area contact:
Deputy Fire Chief, Public Safety
780-723-4800 or 1-800-665-6030
In the event of any type of emergency, call 911 immediately.
Yellowhead County will make use of the most appropriate methods to communicate warning and informational messages to the public, including media such as radio, the Yellowhead County website, the Emergency Public Warning System, and any other forms of communication to distribute information in the most expediate manner.
Residents are encouraged to prepare themselves, their family and their property for any type of potential disaster.
Included below are a variety of Disaster Information brochures, as well as Emergency Preparedness Guides that will assist you to best be able to deal with most types of emergency events.
Creating an Escape Plan for your home is a vital part of helping to protect your family. Go to www.3minutedrill.alberta.ca for tips and resources. Basic safety tips can make a dramatic impact if and when a fire breaks out.
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Telephone: (780) 422-9000 / Toll-free: 310-0000
Get the app for your phone! And get all informational and critical Alberta Emergency Alerts.
Emergency Preparedness Guides
- AEMA Flood Guide PDF
- AEMA Emergency Preparedness Kit PDF (Flood Info pgs 28-39)
- 72 hr Preparedness PDF – Public Safety Canada PDF
- What To Do? – Public Safety Canada PDF
- Wildfire Evacuation – Are You Prepared? – AEMA / ASRD PDF
Emergency Preparedness Websites
- Public Safety Canada Website
- Alberta Emergency Management Agency Website
- Alberta Wildfire Status
- Alberta Fire Bans
- AMA Road Report
Wildfire Map & Fire Ban Map
While Yellowhead County does not have a significant history of flooding in the area, there is the potential for floods to occur when extreme weather conditions are combined with the vast amount of waterways that are located within such a large land mass.
Road & Highway Conditions
Updated Highway Road Reports can be found on the Alberta Motor Association website.
Fire Inspections and Pre-Plans
Yellowhead County works with local industry, businesses, and organizations to help develop fire-related emergency plans.
Fire Inspections are an important part of any post-fire incident and are coordinated by the Yellowhead County Fire Department when needed.
For further information on Fire Inspections and Pre-plans for this area contact:
Deputy Fire Chief, Public Safety
Public Relations Events
YCFD participates in a variety of Public Relations Events such as:
- Edson Christmas Parade
- Wildwood Ag Fair
- Yellowhead County Fire Hall Open Houses
- Various Education Awareness Events
- Working with local schools in the region
- Partnerships on national television shows
- Attendance at local school career fairs
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is a national event that raises awareness about fire safety and helps to ensure homes and families are prepared in an emergency or how to best prevent a fire related incident. Various events are hosted throughout Yellowhead County with an aim to educate everyone about fire prevention and emergency preparedness and include hands-on demonstrations such as fire extinguisher training, smoke-alarm awareness, and more.