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


Q: I have an outstanding balance on my ambulance bill, what are my options for payment?

A: The Basalt Fire Department accepts Visa, MC or monthly payments of whatever you find affordable ($20/ month minimum). Please contact our District Office at (970) 704-0675 to make payments or to set up a payment plan that meets your needs.

Q: How can I arrange for my group to tour a fire station?

A: Call the District Office (Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.) at (970) 704-0675 or email them at with the date, times, age group, and number of children that will be in the tour and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Remember to call early to schedule tours during the month of October due to an increase in the number of requests during National Fire Prevention Week.

Q: How do I report a fire hazard at my neighbor’s house?

A: It depends on the nature of the hazard. If there is a fire emergency, call 911. If there is a fire hazard and it is not an emergency (such as painting a car in a garage) call our District Office at (970) 704-0675 to report the hazard.

Q: I would like to take a CPR class. Who do I contact?

A: Please contact Colorado Mountain College at (970) 945-8691 to get their list of CPR classes or go to their website Our department does not provide CPR classes to the public.

Q: How do I make a donation to the Volunteers at Basalt Fire?

A: Volunteers at the Basalt Fire Depart will graciously accept any size donations in the form of checks, cash, or money orders. Checks and money orders can be made out to “Basalt Volunteers” and mailed to 1089 JW Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623 or dropped by the main station in El Jebel. The Basalt Fire Department greatly appreciates your support!

Q: Why are there fees for fire code permits and some fire inspections?

A: The fees cover the administrative and inspection costs accrued by the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District and its employees.

Q: Is your training room available for social events or private parties?

A: Our training room is only available to emergency services/organizations.

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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