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.

Contact Us

1089 JW Drive
Carbondale, CO 81623

About Us

 Basalt FD 2017 (2)

Department Overview

The Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District encompasses an area of 492 square miles, and is one of the largest fire districts in Colorado. The District spans Highway 82 from mile marker 18 to 30 and follows the Frying Pan Road east to the Continental Divide.

The department maintains four fire stations: Basalt, El Jebel, Meredith, Old Snowmass. Each station is equipped with a four-wheel drive ambulance and various fire response trucks.

For a map of the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District, and the location of the four fire stations, please click here.

Department Structure

The Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District is made up of nearly 80 members including the Board of Directors, the District’s Attorney and Physician Advisor, Fire Chief, Deputy Chiefs, Fire Officers, EMS Director, EMS Shift Captains, Fire Marshal, Fleet Mechanic, Firefighters, EMS Personnel, Fire Inspector, Office Manager, Administrative Assistants, and numerous Firefighter and EMT Volunteers.

Click here for an organizational chart of the Basalt Fire Department.

Department Statistics

  • District Board: 5 Members
  • Total Volunteers: 44
  • Total full-time staff: 20
  • Medical qualifications: 15 Advanced Life Support Personnel
  • Fire Qualifications: 40 Certified Structural Firefighters, 38 Certified Wildland Firefighters
  • Total training hours in 2010: Approx. 9,850 hours


1089 JW Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623

Phone: (970) 704-0675

Fax: (970) 704-0625


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Wildfire Information

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