Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to 284 square miles of eastern La Plata County and a small portion of western Archuleta County in southwest Colorado, not far from the Four Corners of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The District serves a permanent population of approximately 15,000 residents. Because this is a popular vacation area our summer population can climb to 30,000. More About Us...


If you would like to be added to the COVID-19 Vaccine list and are over 70 please email us your phone number and address (81122 zip codes only) at Vaccine@upperpinefpd.org. Sending requests through Facebook Messanger or any other email addresses will not get you in contact with our appointment coordinator and you will not get on the list. Once you have sent an email with a phone number the appointment coordinator will be able to contact you and set up your appointment. Spaces are limited and submitting your contact information to Vaccine@upperpinefpd.org is the only way to get on the list currently. We are expecting a waitlist to be generated soon so please make sure all your information is correct and submitted to the right email in order to get on either list.




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.  The use of a campfire, coal or wood-burning stove, any type of charcoal grill or open fire in any undeveloped area is prohibited.  The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires in suitable containers or gas grills for barbeques at private residences or fires within designated campground pits with protective grates; however, residents and visitors alike must not leave these fires unattended and must carefully and fully extinguish them after use. 


The open flame prohibitions also include the following:


  • Smoking is limited to vehicles, buildings, developed recreational areas and 3-foot-wide areas cleared of vegetation;
  • Fireworks are prohibited;
  • Use of explosive material is prohibited;
  • Use of any internal combustion engine is prohibited unless it is equipped with an approved and functioning spark-arresting device;
  • Welding and cutting operations must be conducted with a 20-foot radius safe zone free of vegetation with a 2.5-gallon pressurized fire extinguisher or 5 lb. ABC extinguisher or pressurized water supply and proper hand tools on-site with a fire watch individual standing by continuously; and
  • Flaring for production wells may be allowed with approval from the designated fire chief.





Our administrative office and fire stations are now closed to public visitors. Due to limited staffing Burn Permits are issued Monday-Thursday 8 AM-4 PM. If you need a Burn Permit please obtain one here:




 UPRFPD DOES NOT issue burn permits for the Forest Lakes area. You are allowed to have 3 ft x 3 ft recreational fires in a manufactured pit with a spark arrestor and you do not need a burn permit for that. All other burnings in the area are forbidden. 



 Wildland Fire Prevention Specialist WANTED!! Applications accepted until 5:00 pm November 4th

Salary Range: $57,907.20 

Position Type: Full time-contract two years


Coordination of wildfire prevention activities within the fire district to include ongoing risk assessment of the size and potential of fire threats to homes in the wildland urban interface and intermix.

Program Management

· Determines assistance and requests appropriate resources for mitigation and defensive space for subdivisions within the fire district.

· When advised by UPRFPD command staff, may proceed wild land fire scene to perform emergency messaging and PIO functions.

· Coordinate and prepare with other agencies and community groups for wild land fire prevention and mitigation grants and activities including chipping fuels reductions projects (i.e. Ready Set Go).

· Provides technical expertise on fire protection and prevention issues of special use permits for curtain burners and slash piles chipping or burning.

· Facilitates service contracts, and mitigation contracts, as well as safety practices and procedures involved in wild land fire prevention and suppression to prevent injury or loss of life while performing wild land urban locations.

· Develops tactical fire preplans for key target hazards and at-risk neighborhood

· Enters database hours in the Ready Set Go program weekly

· Coordinates with community partners to create, update, and add to ongoing plans and achieve statement project goals in the FEMA Hazard assessment and CPAW plan.

· Within two years ensure 80% of the fire district is covered under a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

· Prepares messages for wild land fire prevention and risk reduction in the fire district.

Please send application, resume and certifications to: