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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.   

Lake Christine Fire 31 Percent Contained

Jul 9, 2018
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

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

Evacuated Communities Begin Re-entry

Jul 8, 2018

Starting July 8, some neighborhoods will be open for re-entry. Estimated sequencing and timeframes are:

8 a.m. 
El Jebel Trailer Park

2 p.m.
Big Pinion and Little Pinion
Shadow Rock
Original Road, Pine Ridge and Sagewood Court
Hillcrest, Silverado, Two Rivers for access to Hillcrest.

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

Weekend Overview on the Lake Christine Fire

Jul 7, 2018

As of Saturday afternoon, the Lake Christine Fire is estimated at 5,434 acres and is three percent contained. It has destroyed three structures. Nearly 400 fire personnel are currently working the fire, including 12 handcrews, 20 engines, and five helicopters. 

Portions of the western flank of the fire have decreased in fire potential; Garfield County and Eagle County officials downgraded some evacuation orders and voluntary evacuations. 

Today's Forecast And The Lake Christine Fire

Jul 6, 2018

 Forecast for today is increased humidities and cloud cover leading to moderating fire conditions. Thunderstorms are forecast in the area with potential for strong winds.

There is an air quality health advisory in place due to wildfire smoke from the Lake Christine Fire. Areas along Highway 82 from Basalt to Carbondale and surrounding areas have been impacted by high levels of smoke. If visibility is less than 5 miles -  avoid outdoor activity and keep indoor air clean or consider relocating temporarily.



Lake Christine Fire Updates, and Governor Hickenlooper Visits

Jul 6, 2018

The most recent numbers released by the type 2 response team show that the fire has affected 5,263 acrews with 0 percent containment. 

The Red Cross is closing the Roaring Fork High School shelter today at 3 p.m. and will be consolidating all residents to the Basalt High School shelter. RFTA will be providing buses between the two schools at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Earlier today Governor John Hickenlooper appeared with Senator Cory Gardener and Representative Scott Tipton at the Lake Christine Fire Command center

  to express their appreciation for ground crews despite limited resources.

July 5 Cancellations and Evacutations

Jul 6, 2018

  Aspen Valley Hospital’s emergency services remain fully operational. All scheduled elective surgeries, tests and physician appointments were canceled for July 5.

Summer programs at Basalt schools were canceled for July 5.

Child care centers in the evacuation areas were closed July 5, and many midvalley child care centers followed school closures in the Roaring Fork School District.

Where Do Pets of Evacuated Homes Go?

Jul 6, 2018

  Pets are not being accepted at the Roaring Fork High School shelter. Small pets are being sheltered at Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood Springs. Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle is accepting livestock. In addition to the Roaring Fork High School, there is an evacuation center at the Basalt High School. 

Volunteers at the Fairgrounds are not needed at this time, but donations of hay and 5 gallon buckets are welcome.

  Mandatory evacuations are still in place for Missouri Heights and the El Jebel Trailer Park. The two evacuation sites are currently at Basalt and Roaring Fork High School. Reporter Wyatt Orme spoke to Mary Robertson, who had to evacuate last night.

Lake Christine Fire Growth Leads to Evacuations

Jul 6, 2018

  The Lake Christine Fire grew significantly on July 4th, due to erratic outflow winds, extremely dry fuels and low relative humidity. Three homes have been reported as destroyed. 

There are health risks associated with the smoke and ash. Particulate matter in the air can exacerbate and cause health problems for those in areas affected by smoke and ash.  

Your Morning News - November 24th, 2014

Nov 24, 2014

Drilling to Begin on the Roan Plateau 

The Bureau of Land Management, environmentalists, and the energy industry reached an agreement on Friday regarding a proposal to drill for oil and gas on the Roan Plateau near Rifle.

The Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop was one of the ten conservation and sportsmens’ groups involved in the lawsuit. On Friday they released a statement saying they’re extremely pleased with the outcome.

Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Money Matters