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
970-704-0675
info@basaltfire.org

Insurance Info

Click here for a map of the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District.

ISO Ratings

In November 2014, the Basalt Fire Department completed a Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey. Most insurers use the PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Insurance Service Office (ISO) has completed its analysis of the structure fire suppression delivery system provided by the Basalt Fire Department. This has resulted in the following classifications:

  • Class 4: Applies to properties within five (5) road miles or less from Basalt Fire stations 41, 42, and 44 with a needed fire flow of 3500 gallons per minute (gpm) or less.
  • Class 9: Applies to properties five (5) road miles or less from any other Basalt Fire station (43).
  • Class 10: Applies to any properties over five (5) road miles from any Basalt Fire station.

Station 41

Address: 20 School Street Basalt, CO 81621. Currently not manned.

Equipment:

  • 1 Ladder 500 gallon
  • 1 Pumper/Tender 2108 gallon
  • 1 Pumper 720 gallon

Station 42

Address: 1089 JW Drive Carbondale, CO 81623 (El Jebel). Manned.

Equipment:

  • 1 Pumper 720 gallon
  • 1 Pumper/Tender 2200 gallon

Station 43

Address: 24265 Frying Pan Road, Meridith, CO 81642 (Thomasville). Currently not manned.

Equipment:

  • 1 Pumper 1000 gallon

Station 44

Address: 1909 Snowmass Creek Road Snowmass, CO 81654. Currently not manned.

Equipment:

  • 1 Pumper/Tender 1502 gallon

Response Times

Due to the large and often remote nature of our Fire District it is impossible to accurately calculate our response times to a structure fire in outlying areas. Factors affecting response times include season, weather, time of day, road conditions, and availability of responding volunteer personnel. Typically we can have initial personnel and equipment on scene within 30 minutes.

Water Delivery

In 2004 the average initial water delivery to a structure fire was 2000 gallons. In areas that do not have pressurized, gravity fed or storage tank water sources we rely on our fleet of pumper/tenders to deliver an adequate water supply for fire suppression. We also have mutual aid agreements with neighboring fire districts to provide us with water tenders to set up a water shuttle operation.

Hydrant Locations

Most commercial and residential properties along the Highway 82 corridor and adjoining subdivisions are supplied with pressurized hydrants. Outlying subdivisions including Upper Cattle Creek, Sopris Mountain Ranch, Little Elk Creek, Lower Shield O Mesa, and Ruedi Shores have either pressurized, gravity, or storage supplied hydrants. Distances from properties to hydrants can be verified by a site visit by the interested party. The Basalt Fire Department does not have these measurements for every property.

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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