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

Emergency Notification

Roaring Fork Valley Alerts

Now you can get weather, road and emergency alerts emailed to you or sent to your cell phone! Stay informed about circumstances and events that might affect your day.

Pitkin County Alerts
Eagle County Alerts
Garfield County Alerts


What is the Emergency Preparedness Network?

The Emergency Preparedness Network has been established in our community to assist emergency services personnel in informing community members of impending danger, to seek assistance (i.e an Amber Alert), and to facilitate an early warning system by utilizing our current communication center to call your home phone number with a pre-recorded message.

How it Works
  • The Emergency Preparedness Network is based on the 911 database. Every time a new number is given out it is added to the list (regardless of whether the number is listed in the phone book or not). This means that EVERYONE in a given geographical area will be called if an emergency arises.
  • Emergency Management officials can activate the EPN in a specified area by using an online or telephone system any time, day or night. Officials can also map out the affected area, record the message and send it on its way with the click of a mouse. Within moments, calls simultaneously reach the affected community to deliver warnings and critical safety instructions.
  • The EPN uses the 911 database as its source for telephone numbers and is able to process up to 2,000 numbers per minute. The system also has a callback feature that ensures the message is delivered.
  • Both published and non-published numbers are dialed and the EPN will leave a message if an answering machine picks up. If the EPN reaches a busy signal, the system will try back three times to reach the intended party.
Tips On Receiving a Message From the EPN System
  • The EPN system message will not go through if you have a block on your phone.
  • Deactivate privacy features on your phone by dialing *78. To reactivate the service, dial *78.
  • Deactivate privacy features remotely by dialing 1-888-303-8052, then follow the prompts.
  • Deactivate Selective Call Acceptance by dialing *64. To reactivate the service, dial *64.
  • Don’t call 911 after you are alerted by the EPN system unless the message directs you to do so. Calling 911 in this instance jams the 911 lines for other emergencies.
  • You may repeat the EPN system message. Just follow the prompts the system gives you.
  • The EPN system generates your phone number to Emergency Management officials, not your name. Your privacy is not compromised.
  • Don’t hang up in the middle of the EPN message. The entire message must be left for the system to notify Emergency Management officials that it was received.

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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