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Pitkin & Eagle County permits for Open Burning

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Open Burning in the Basalt Fire District

Open Burning is allowed October 1st through May 31st. Download a permit here, or stop by the District Headquarters in El Jebel, Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Our Mission

The primary mission of the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District is to provide emergency and non-emergency services for the protection of life and property in Pitkin and Eagle County, Colorado. The department provides 24-hour emergency response to a wide variety of critical situations, including fires, explosions, hazardous materials incidents, medical emergencies, accidents and miscellaneous public assistance requests. In addition, the department operates active fire prevention and emergency preparedness programs which provides for fire inspections, hazardous process permitting, fire code enforcement, community education and business emergency planning in accordance with Colorado laws.

Notice of Board Meeting Date Changes

Notice of Meeting Changes for Oct-Dec

Notice of Financial Information

Notice of Financial Information

Live Fire Training Registration

Please click the link below to register for the Live Fire Training on September 19th in Gypsum.

Live Fire Training Registration


Basalt Fire Board President Named Sprinkler Advocate of the Year

Basalt Fire Board President Named Sprinkler Advocate of the Year

Basalt Fire is proud of our Board of Director President Ed VanWalraven for his commitment to fire sprinkler safety and his devotion to fire prevention outreach within our community! Please read about Ed’s amazing lifelong achievements in the fire service.

Ed VanWalraven Story

Press Release- Frying Pan River Incident

Please see the press release below for more information regarding the Frying Pan River Incident on June 21st, 2015.

Press Release Frying Pan River Incident

Administrative Assistant Fire Marshal

The Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District is currently looking for a Part-Time Temporary Administrative Assistant to work in the Fire Prevention Division  Please review attached job description for specific details of the job.  For consideration please complete a Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District Application and submit a current resume with the application to Renee Thomas, We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

Administrative Assistant Fire Marshal Position Description

Employment Application


Fire Operations in the Wildland-Urban Interface Registration

Click here to register for the Fire Operations in the Wildland-Urban Interface class.

El Jebel Station #42

June 4-6, 2015

June 4: 1800-2200

June 5: 1800-2200

June 6: 0800-1700

Lead Instructor: Rick Smith

Adjunct Instructors from Local Agencies

Roaring Fork Prescribed Burn


USDA Forest Service                                                                    

White River National Forest                                      

900 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO  81602

Contact: Bill Kight, 970-945-3237 (office)

Jim Genung, 970-963-2266 (office)

Kate Jerman, 970-989-4454 (office)

Roaring Fork Prescribed Burn scheduled this week on Basalt Mountain

BASALT, Colo.— (April 9, 2014)- Pending favorable weather conditions, Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management crews and partners will be conducting the Roaring Fork prescribed burn within the next few days on the west flank of Basalt Mountain, roughly 3 miles north of El Jebel on National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management lands south to Forest Service Road 524, also known as the Basalt Mountain Road. This is continuation of the prescribed burning that occurred last fall and spring of 2014.

Up to 1200 acres of mountain shrub will be ignited by fire crews. Approximately 25 crew members, three engines, and a helicopter will be present to implement the prescribed fire. Smoke and flames may be visible around the Roaring Fork Valley during burn operations especially from the south side of Missouri Heights. The public is reminded: Do not call 911 or emergency services.

The intent of the project is to promote nutrient recycling of fire-adapted vegetation communities, provide an improved food source for wildlife and create habitat conditions that will encourage wintering deer and elk to stay in the area rather than move onto lower elevation private land where they may become a nuisance.

“Using fire is a cost-effective way to stimulate growth of winter browse for big game, manage shrub cover for native wildlife, and help regenerate aspen stands that have become decadent and in decline,” said Phil Nyland, Forest Service Wildlife Biologist. A secondary benefit of the project will be the reduction of fuel loads in the mountain shrub and aspen vegetation adjacent to homes in the Missouri Heights area.

“This project is part of a large-scale effort being conducted over a 10-year period in partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to improve habitat for elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and other native wildlife across 45,000 acres on White River National Forest,” said Karen Schroyer, Aspen-Sopris District Ranger.

The Basalt Fire Protection District will provide additional assistance to this project. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has helped with planning the project and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has pledged some $26,000 to assist the cost of federal fire crews.

Additional information regarding this project and the objectives of the work is available at the Forest Service office at 620 Main St., Carbondale or by calling 970-963-2266. Please find attached maps for reference.

Roaring Fork Prescribed Fire

Congratulations 2014 Volunteers!

Congratulations to the hard-working and dedicated volunteers of Basalt Fire that won 2014 awards!

Cleve Williams- Most Calls
Jeremy Johnson- Most Hours
Kara Hall- Most Training Hours

Kara Hall- EMS Rookie of the Year
Jimmy Dirkes- Firefighter Rookie of the Year
David Herrera- EMS Provider of the Year
Kyle Pimentel- Firefighter of the Year
Gary Lutzeier- MVP of the Year

Thank you to ALL of our volunteers who donate their time, energy and passion into serving Basalt Fire and our entire community.

Also, Congratulations to our Chief, Scott Thompson, for 30 years of serving Basalt Fire!

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Wildfire Information

It is wildfire season! Check out the links below for valuable resources and information regarding wildfire preparedness and education.

Pitkin County Wildfire

Fire Chief's Video

Fire Ban Questions

The fire district is located in both Eagle and Pitkin Counties. The responsibility of initiating or rescinding fire bans falls to the sheriffs of both of these counties. Please direct any questions you may have to the Sheriff’s office in your county. To obtain a burn permit please go here.

Eagle County Sheriff's Office
(970) 328-8500

Pitkin County Sheriff's Office
(970) 920-5300

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1089 JW Drive
Carbondale, CO 81623