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...




     The Upper Pine Fall 2021 EMT-Basic Course will begin September 21st, Tues and Thursday nights 6pm-10pm, Saturday classes 9am-3pm. The cost is $2300.00 and covers the tuition, didactic lectures and psychomotor skills proctoring, course textbooks and online learning resources, a class tee-shirt (worn for ride-alongs with the medic units), AHA CPR Certification and the National Registry Psychomotor Exam fee. We will be incorporating some Virtual Reality training, an ambulance driver simulation evening with the CO Department of Fire Prevention & Control driver simulator and hopefully a field trip to an autopsy. Some of the lectures may be on Zoom but most classes will be held at the UPRFPD Administration building in Bayfield.

     Any students affiliated with a Colorado EMS agency (fire/EMS, private or health district EMS agency or Search & Rescue) may be eligible for grant money if we are awarded a CREATE Grant for the class (TBD in late August).

Requirements include:
• 18 years of age or older prior to the completion of the course
• Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination series (this can be started if you haven't already had it) or the signing of a declination form if you do not want the vaccination (generally required to be employed by EMS agencies)
• Immunization records
• Half of the course payment due at the start of the first class (non-refundable): $1150.00
• Second half payment by October 7th: $1150.00
• Valid Driver's License

Please email Instructor Joel Claus at JClaus@upperpinefpd.org for more information.

Checks are to be made payable to the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District.

Follow the link to register for the class by 9/10/2021:





To check current burn ban restrictions please visit La Plata County's website:



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.