Lake Christine Fire

Kathleen Shannon

Now that the wildfires near the Roaring Fork and Grand River Valleys are either mostly or entirely contained, these communities have new burn scars to deal with. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon recently explored a more mature scar to get a sense of what’s to come.

Monday Community Calendar

Jun 10, 2019

Here’s your community calendar for Monday, June 10th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, offering Cerveza Sopris Mexican Lager in partnership with Roaring Fork Beer Company. For the list of today's events, like a Lake Christine burn scar area community meeting, click on the headline.

The two defendants, Richard Miller, 24, and Allison Marcus, 23, will plead guilty to one count of Setting Fire to Woods or Prairie. In exchange, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s office dropped three felony charges and reduced the remaining charge to a misdemeanor.

Aspen Community Foundation

Hotter, bigger and faster wildfires are becoming increasingly common across the West. To help Roaring Fork Valley residents prepare for this reality, Aspen Community Foundation presents a community forum and panel discussion on Tuesday, September 25, at The Temporary at Willits at 5:30; at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Wednesday, September 26, at 6; and at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen on Thursday, September 27, at 5:30. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Gary Ferguson, the keynote presenter, about what to expect.

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The US Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, Team coordinates satellite imagess, maps, and field work to assesss damage caused by wildfires. Findings from the team's first assessment of the Lake Christine Fire suggest that there’s hope for the scorched earth on Basalt Mountain but flooding and hazardous trees could pose problems. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

670 properties have been identified as at a higher risk of flooding. Homeowners can find a list of these properties and information about flood prepardeness and national flood insurance here. The map is here.

Incident Information System

This map shows the size of the fire, pre-evacuation areas, and the smoke forecast.

Update: Lake Christine Fire at 11,459 Acres, 32% Contained

Jul 23, 2018

The Lake Christine Fire increased in size over the weekend. But, is less contained than it was on Friday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update. Fire updates are here and here. Sunday's public meeting was in English and Spanish and signed for the hearing impaired.

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Update Friday, July 20, 2018, 12:41 PM

As of 10:20 AM, the fire has burned 8,315 acres. 

The Lake Christine Fire has burned almost 7,000 acres and remains 59 percent contained. Officials from Eagle and Pikin Counties, the White River National Forest, and the Type 2 and Type 3 Incident Management Teams held a press conference Thursday, July 19, to talk about what's going on with the fire, why it grew by 500 acres in one day, and why the Type 2 team is coming back. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

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Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Incident Management Team transitions responsibility for containing the Lake Christine Fire to Bart Kicklighter’s Type 3 Incident Management Team today. Outside Adventure Media helped the Incident Command Post create this video in response to the outpouring of support received from residents of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Rep. Scott Tipton

Congressman Scott Tipton, along with Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Cory Gardner, and Colorado Representative Bob Rankin visited Basalt shortly after the Lake Christine Fire destroyed three homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Congressman Tipton about this visit…

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Fire crews from all over the West have converged on Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel to tackle a wildfire near Basalt. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and news intern Mountain Maes visited the Incident Command Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the Lake Christine Fire.

Raleigh Burleigh

The Lake Christine Fire exposed a well of generosity in the Roaring Fork Valley. Residents quickly jumped into action, offering what they could to help those forced from their homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh explored one facet on July 6, while visiting an impromptu refuge established at The Orchard.

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While moving to safety from the physical effects of the fire and smoke, the emotional safety for many has been jeopardized. Resa Hayes, a licensed counselor and president of the board of directors for Aspen Strong, has compiled this advice for parents when talking to their children about the Lake Christine Fire. Additional resources are available here.

The Aspen Times

Local media has been hard at work to keep the community informed about the Lake Christine Fire. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Carolyn Sackariason, reporter for the Aspen Times, about the three homes lost in the early hours of July 5.

The Lake Christine Fire has not grown much today but drones continue to be a problem for aviation operations. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh got an update from Jennifer Costich, public information officer with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assigned to the fire. The Incident Management team will hold another community meeting tonight at 6 at Basalt High School.

The Lake Christine Fire has been added to the National Incident Information System, restating the acreage at 5,263 as reported yesterday afternoon by the local map. 214 personnel are fighting the fire.

Roaring Fork Swap's Lake Christine Fire help spreadsheet is available here. Nearly 100 spaces offered to evacuees!

On Friday morning, Garfield County Sheriff's Office announced that thanks to the combined efforts of local first responders and the Type 2 Incident Command Team called in by Eagle County, the immediate danger to the residents of Missouri Heights, living in Garfield County, has lessened significantly. The voluntary evacuation of the Missouri Heights area in Garfield County has been lifted. The mandatory evacuation for Missouri Heights in Eagle County, however, is still in full effect.

Eagle County wrote at 9:30 that residents who have been evacuated need to register for a re-entry tag starting at 10:30am, July 6, at the Basalt High School shelter. Red Cross called KDNK to inform that the Rapid Pass for the Rapid Check in System will only be available at the Basalt High School Evacuation Center and not at Roaring Fork High School. The Rapid Pass will be utilized by evacuees when roads are opened to them.

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

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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.

The Sopris Sun

Will Grandbois and Megan Tackett of the Sopris Sun took a moment during the hectic day of July 5 to report about the Lake Christine Fire and the latest from the paper on Everything Under the Sun

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As evacuation notices increased overnight, so did the need for places to put pets and livestock. Click through for an update on who's taking what and who isn't.

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Members of the Roaring Fork Swap on Facebook have established a public Google spreadsheet where people can share information about needs, volunteer opportunities, and more. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Carrie Hill about the effort.

The Salvation Army is also coordinating donation efforts: (970) 748-0704.

Megan Webber

On Wednesday evening, July 4, the Lake Christine Fire was reported at 2,377 acres,  zero percent contained, with 500 homes evacuated. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, joined by Amy Hadden Marsh and Megan Webber, gave an update during yesterday’s evening newscast.

Check here for Eagle County Sheriff's updates and here for the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District map.

Animal Evacuation Support.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can contact the joint information center call 970-445-4911.

For MEDIA fire information you can call 970-510-0705.

Megan Webber

On Wednesday evening, July 4, the Lake Christine Fire was reported at 2,377 acres, zero percent contained, with 500 homes evacuated. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, joined by Amy Hadden Marsh and Megan Webber, gave an update during the evening newscast.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District​ is updating a map indicating the size of the fire, evacuation areas, closed roads, and more.

Will Grandbois, The Sopris Sun

Unauthorized drones will suspend air operations and prevent fire suppression.


The fire is reported at 2,377 acres as of 5:30pm on Tuesday.

PitkinAlert announced at 4:51pm, July 4, that power to the Roaring Fork Valley above Basalt is at risk due to the fire. This includes the communities of Old Snowmass, Aspen Village, Woody Creek, and Snowmass Village. Residents are asked to prepare for up to 72 hours of outage.

The evacuation orders that are currently in place will remain in place with no estimated time for being lifted. These include the areas around Original Road, Silverado Drive, Hillcrest Drive, Sagewood Court and the Pineridge area.  Additional evacuations ordered on July 4 at 12:50 for Homestead Trailer Park, the Wilds (Promontory and Wildsprings), Ridge Road, Pinion Drive and Cedar Drive. 1:30pm evacuations include the following streets: Homestead, Sopris, Spur, Tucker, Hillside, Curtis, Longhorn and all addresses on the north side of Midland Ave.

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at Basalt High School.

The White River National Forest has issued an emergency area closure order effective at 5:00 p.m. on July 4, 2018 for all National Forest Lands north of the Basalt State Wildlife Area between the National Forest Boundary and Bowers Gulch to the west, and southwest of Red Table Mountain and Frenchman Creek to the east. This includes Basalt Mountain, the Cattle Creek area, Sawmill Gulch area, the Seven Castles area, and all hiking, biking and motorcycle trails between Basalt Mountain and Cottonwood Pass.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Fire District, Carbondale Fire District, Snowmass Wildcat Fire District, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Aspen Fire Department, United States Forest Service, Upper Colorado River Fire Team, Rifle Helitak, Colorado State Patrol, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Police Department, Salvation Army, and Red Cross are working collaboratively on this fire.

Suspects have been issued a summons by the Eagle County Sheriff's Department for shooting tracer rounds, forbidden by a Stage 2 Fire Ban, that started the fire at the shooting range.

AMHQ, @weatherchannel

KDNK DJ Bob Schultz included a friendly reminder of what to remember when evacuating during the Merle and Chameleon show on Wednesday, July 4.

Will Grandbois, The Sopris Sun

The evacuation areas in the Lake Christine Fire are as follows:

Original Road, Silverado Dr, Hillcrest Drive and the Pineridge area.

As of 8:20pm Tuesday, July 3, the following areas are under a pre-evacuation notice:

Big and Little Pinyon areas, Sagewood area and the area around the Church of Christ.

More information to come.