UPDATED July 5 8:10pm : Lake Christine Fire Tops 5000 Acres, 3 Homes Lost

Jul 5, 2018

At 4pm, the map updated to 5,263 acres.

Roaring Fork Swap's Lake Christine Fire help spreadsheet is available here.

At 7am on Tuesday morning, management of the Lake Christine Fire was transitioned from local authorities to a Type 2 Incident Management Team. Keith Brink spoke on behalf of the team at a community meeting held at Basalt High School last night. Applause erupted at the same meeting when Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek addressed concerns of immigration officials hanging around evacuation centers.

Evacuation orders will remain in effect for the indefinite future. It was confirmed that only three houses were lost and those owners have been notified. For people that haven’t been told otherwise, their home is okay. When safety of evacuated areas is assessed and utilities are restored, evacuees will be advised that they may return to their homes.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can call 970-445-4911.

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The fire was reported around 6pm on Tuesday night at the Basalt Shooting Range. Two El Jebel residents have been charged with 4th degree arson for using tracer rounds, bullets with a small pyrotechnic charge, despite a stage 2 fire ban in the area.

Evacuations were issued northwest of Basalt on Tuesday night and an evacuation center was established at Basalt High School. Evacuations continued throughout the day on Wednesday. At around 10pm, erratic winds pushed the fire towards a mobile home park in El Jebel, about 4 miles west of Basalt, and a second evacuation center was opened at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. Backburning operations were declared successful near the mobile home park shortly before midnight, however, evacuations continued for residences northeast of El Jebel throughout the early morning. Around 9am on Thursday morning the lake Christine Fire was reported at nearly 5000 acres, having burned 3 houses.

Lake Christine Fire as seen from Basalt High School, July 4.
Credit AH Marsh Photo