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


Welcome to the Basalt Fire Department fire prevention section. Here you will find information on a variety of fire prevention related subjects. Listed below are descriptions of pages you will find in this section:

  • For more information on installing and maintaining smoke detectors at home or at work, click here.
  • Everyone should know how to escape or evacuate if there is a fire threatening or in their home or place of work. By visiting our escape routes and evacuation pages and following some simple safety tips, you can create an escape plan and evacuation procedure that’s right for you, your family, your co-workers, or your employees.
  • Learning about the Wildland-Urban Interface is key to preparing for a wildfire. To learn more about what the Wildland-Urban Interface is, and what you can do to defend it from wildfires, click here.
  • To learn more about how the emergency notification system in the Basalt area works, please click here.
  • Having the right type of fire extinguishers in your home or office and the knowledge of how to use them is one of the best ways to prevent small fires from getting out of control. Visit our fire extinguisher page to learn these tips and more.
  • Our fire safety tips page provides a variety of common, everyday safety tips to residential occupants, business owners, and employees for dealing with indoor structural fires if one should occur.

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Wildfire Information

Check out the links below for valuable resources and information regarding wildfire preparedness and education.

Pitkin County Wildfire

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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