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Lake Christine Fire

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced that the Basalt shooting range will reopen Saturday. It’s been closed for more than two months after the Lake Christine Fire ignited there, and there will be some changes at the range.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) hosted a community meeting Monday to discuss the Basalt shooting range, which has been closed since the Lake Christine Fire ignited there on July 3. Some community members in Basalt have called for the range to be relocated or closed permanently, but others would like to see the range reopened as soon as possible.

U.S. Forest Service

On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service released its final analysis of the soil area that burned in the Lake Christine Fire. The impacts are most significant on the northern part of the burn area.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

On Monday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting the second of two community meetings to discuss the future of the Basalt gun range.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

As fires burn in Colorado and across the west, Roaring Fork communities have frequently been under health advisories for air quality because of smoke.

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

On Tuesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will hear from the community about their concerns regarding the shooting range where the Lake Christine fire began.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

It’s been a few weeks since the Lake Christine Fire tore along the hillsides above Basalt and El Jebel. The flames are gone, but the evidence of the fire is clear on the blackened landscape. It’s a haunting change from the usual green or gold slopes; newspaper columnists have called this a "hellscape."

  This week: The triple threat of fire, droughts flooding throughout the valley.

Lake Christine Fire Updates

Jul 27, 2018

Update: July 29, 10:22 a.m.: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted, due to an increase in containment--now at 72%--along with Saturday's rain. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle and Pitkin Counties' emergency alerts for flash-flood warnings.   

At a community meeting Wednesday night, officials from Eagle County and the Rocky Mountain Team Black incident management team said they were adding more air support to battle the Lake Christine Fire.  

Two air quality specialists have joined the team fighting the Lake Christine Fire. They are essentially smoke forecasters, here to keep people as safe and smoke-free as possible.  

The Lake Christine Fire has grown over the past several days, all on National Forest land. It now covers nearly 11,500 acres and is 32 percent contained.

 The Aspen Public Radio news team is collecting the stories of those whose lives changed due to the fire- how they helped, what they lost, what they gained and what they learned. Listen to those stories here.

You can still share your story with us in many ways.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Rocky Mountain Team Black, the type 2 incident management team now managing the Lake Christine Fire operations, held a community meeting on Friday at Basalt High School, their incident command post.  

Operations section chief Rob Berger described the work done to protect structures in Cattle Creek. He said crews are cutting fire hand lines by Seven Castles and the Frying Pan river to direct the fire away from homes, should it move in that direction. That work will continue on Saturday.  

 

The following neighborhoods are on Pre-Evacuation Notice: Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Creek - issued by the Eagle County Sheriff’s office

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

The Lake Christine Fire continues to grow on Basalt Mountain, and hot, dry weather the past couple of days has meant increased activity. It’s estimated to be nearly 8,000 acres, and officials said it grew about 500 acres Wednesday.

 

The Lake Christine Fire forced almost 2,000 mid-valley residents to flee their homes on the Fourth of July. Firefighters battled the flames, and, after several days, evacuees returned to houses littered with ash.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

As the Lake Christine Fire continues to burn along the upper stretches of Missouri Heights, a handful of firefighters watched pink clouds of smoke billow on the hillside across from Spring Park Reservoir.

People are settling back at home after evacuating because of the Lake Christine Fire. Eagle County and area nonprofits are doing what they can to ensure people have what they need.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

As the Lake Christine Fire begins to be contained, valley residents are picking up the pieces. They’re unpacking their go-bags, sweeping ash from their doorsteps and checking on their neighbors. For some, the emotions of the past week may just be sinking in. Last Sunday, the Art Base in Basalt opened its doors to the community and offered a free “Art, Healing and HOPE” class, meant to help residents relieve stress and start to heal.  

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