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...


Upper Pine Fire has online burn permit applications available again. In order to receive a fillable pdf permit please email:


Subject: Burn Permit Request



To receive a burn permit application in person please visit any of the following sites:


Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Administration Building

515 Sower Dr · (970) 884-9508

9 AM - 4 PM


Upper Pine River FPD Station 1

75 South Clover Dr · (970) 884-4073


Upper Pine River FPD Station 4

80 W Vallecito Creek Rd · (970) 884-9508


Upper Pine River FPD Station 5

6891 CR 501 (Across from Forest Lakes)

Phone: (970) 884-9707



 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: