The Village of Empress

is nestled between the Red Deer River and the South Saskatchewan River, at the eastern edge of Alberta. There is a wild feel to this quaint village surrounded by expansive farms and ranches, pronghorns, coyotes and so many different species of birds. The recreation opportunities for adventurers and star-gazers are boundless. Come and see for yourself!


To report a fire, telephone 911.

Empress Fire Department (below)

Alberta Fire Bans
Alberta Wildfire Status

Saskatchewan Community Fire Bans
Saskatchewan Active Wildfire Situation Map

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Current Fire Ban System Level

Fire Ban Level Map for Empress Area

AB: Empress: 2024-May-16

2024-May-16 No Fire Advisory

Effective May 16, 2024 the Village of Empress is informing the public that the fire restrictions/advisory have been removed for the Village of Empress.

Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and private fire pits.  There must be a charged hose line nearby; within 2 meters, which could be used to put the fire out.  Fireworks are allowed pending proper permission procedures are followed as per Empress Bylaw #6-2021.  Gas or propane stove/barbecues and portable propane fire pits are allowed, providing they are on a non-combustible surface.


AB: Special Areas No. 2, 3 & 4: 2024-May-15

Controlled Burn Notifications are required for any type of burning, except campfires and incinerator fires. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and random camping areas.

For further information contact Special Areas Fire Services at (403) 779-3733.

AB: Municipal District of Acadia #34: 2024-May-08

Fire Advisory.
The fire hazard rating has increased and Controlled Burns may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and random camping areas, but may be restricted if conditions do not improve. Incinerator fires are permitted at a minimum distance of 30m away from structures and 3m away from combustible materials.
CONTACT NUMBER: 403-972-3808

AB: Cypress County: 2024-Apr-02

Fire Advisory Notice

Cypress County has moved to a fire advisory due to weather conditions and in accordance with bylaw 2023/06. The county is always under at least an advisory from April 1-Oct. 31.

No new burn permits will be issued. Fireworks are NOT permitted.

To learn more, visit

For more information on what types of fires are allowed see the Fire Control System document.

SK: Rural Municipality of Chesterfield No. 261: 2023-Oct-24


SK: Rural Municipality of Deer Forks No. 232: 2023-Oct-27


SK: Rural Municipality of Happyland No. 231: 2023-Oct-27


Empress Fire Department

      Fire Hall (left) & Public Works (right)

Fire Hall (Fire Station) Address: 314 3rd Avenue W
Public Works Address: 331 3rd Street W

This new building was constructed in 2015 to house both the Empress Fire Department and Empress Public Works.

The Fire Department is composed of volunteers, and is funded partly by the Village of Empress and partly by Alberta Special Areas.

See Empress Fire Department Facebook Page

The department meets regularly for operational and training sessions.

Our Fire Chief is Chad Van Dam.

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