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

Planning Escape Routes

Everyone should know how to escape if there is a fire in their home. By following some simple safety tips, you can create a home escape plan that’s right for you.

fire escape route map

kid-friendly escape route map


  • Draw a home escape plan that shows two ways out of every room.
  • Make sure windows and doors can be unlocked and opened quickly.
  • Bars on windows must have a quick release device, opening from the inside.
  • Have a special meeting place in front of your house or apartment where the family will meet.


If you live in a building with more than one level, have escape ladders for the upstairs rooms.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level and in all bedrooms – test them once a month and change the battery each year.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
  • Count all family members at your meeting place.
  • If someone is missing, tell the firefighters where that person may be. NEVER go back inside.

Escaping from fire

  • If a fire breaks out in your home, remember the following tips:
  • Check the door with the back of your hand – if you feel heat, use your second exit.
  • If there is smoke, crawl on your hands and knees to the nearest exit.
  • Teach children how to get out of the house.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house.
  • Remember: NEVER go back into a burning house.

If you are trapped in a room:

  • Stay low near the door or window.
  • Put blankets, rugs, or pillows at the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
  • Signal out the window with a sheet, towel or flashlight.

For more information or if you have any questions, call (970) 704-0675.

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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