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Flood Risk Looms In Lake Christine Fire Burn Area

May 7, 2019

Credit Aspen Public Radio

Ten months ago, the Lake Christine Fire burned over 12,000 acres north of Basalt.

While new grass is visible this spring in the burn area, a full recovery could take a decade.


At Basalt High School on Monday night, 10 panelists spoke, all representing different government organizations, from the U.S. Forest Service, to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, to the Eagle County Sheriff. They presented to an audience of several dozen.

The discussion focused on the fire itself and how residents can prepare for a similar emergency.

Officials advised residents to sign up for Pitkin County’s alert notification system, "Pitkin Alerts," or Eagle County’s "EC Alert."

Residents, they said, need to reduce the risk of fire by cleaning leaves out of gutters and moving firewood away from homes.

 

Homes near the burn area are now are at a higher risk of flooding and debris damage.

Erin May of the National Flood Insurance Program implored the audience to get flood insurance if they hadn't already.

 

The Roaring Fork Conservancy, which hosted the forum, plans to do a volunteer restoration project within the area that burned in mid-June.