Lake Christine Fire 31 Percent Contained

Jul 9, 2018

Credit Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

  The Lake Christine Fire is still burning at 5,916 Acres and is now 31% contained.

555 Firefighters including ground and aircrews worked through the weekend.

Because of this progress, up to 200 crew members may be released from the Lake Christine Fire over the next couple of days to work elsewhere in the state. The fire grew by about 200 acres, even as humidity rose throughout the valley and one-tenth of an inch of rain fell.

Sunday night was the last night that Basalt High School served as a shelter, as mandatory evacuations are lifted. Residents are required to receive a re-entry tag before returning to neighborhoods.

Checkpoints will be in place for 24 hours following the opening. Residents will need to need to show either a reentry badge or photo ID with a physical address each time for security purposes.

All evacuations within in the Town of Basalt will be lifted by this morning, including the Wilds subdivision and Ridge Rd. The east side of Upper Cattle Creek Rd and Cedar Dr. beyond the intersection with Pinon Dr. will remain closed.