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.

Kid’s Corner

The Basalt Fire District believes strongly in teaching fire prevention in our schools. Each year during National Fire Prevention Week, the department visits the local elementary schools and early educational facilities in our district to promote fire prevention. We also facilitate small group tours with prior notice of at least a week. Tours consist of a tour of the station and the vehicles by one of our staff. Due to the nature of our business it is always best to reconfirm on the day of the visit. Barring an emergency, firefighters are on hand to conduct these tours.

To schedule a station tour of one of our firehouses, call (970) 704-0675.

For more information and activities related to teaching kids fire safety, please visit:

United States Fire Administration Kids Page

Sparky the Firedog Kids Page

FPW- Rock lecture

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

Contact Us

1089 JW Drive
Carbondale, CO 81623
970-704-0675
info@basaltfire.org