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Lake Christine Fire

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White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

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Lake Christine Fire Information
Phone: 970-510-0705

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Lake Christine Fire Update
July 21, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Shane Greer, Incident Commander

Information Center: (970) 510-0705
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Lake Christine Fire Remains Active

Current Situation: Despite slightly lower temperatures and higher humidities through the day, the fire remained active on the north flank on Friday. The fire was active on the northwest corner last night above the community of Missouri Heights. Today, crews are working on direct attacking that flank of the fire – fighting the fire directly on the fire’s active edge.

Crews have prepped structures in Cattle Creek with fire hose and sprinkler systems. Additional firefighters will work in this area today to reinforce structure work that has been done over the past few days and strengthen protection near egress routes.

Friday, crews began cutting fire line above Seven Castles; today they will work to extend this line down a ridgeline toward the Frying Pan River. This line will be used to protect the Seven Castles community. Firefighters have ordered hose and sprinkler systems for this area and are preparing to conduct firing operations here if the fire pushes to the southeast.

“Swing Shift” crews will continue patrols along the southern and southwestern edges of the fire between noon and 2:00 a.m.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will bring cooler temperatures and slightly higher humidity over the weekend. These storms may produce gusts and outflow winds, but they are not expected to provide much moisture. Early next week, dry weather will return and relative humidity will again decrease.

Evacuations and Closures: The residents of Missouri Heights, Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles, and Taylor Road remain on a pre-evacuation status. Residents who are not yet registered with the county alert systems are encouraged to do so. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle County ( and Pitkin County ( emergency alerts.

Closures in the White River National Forest remain in effect — please see the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on private, state and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties. For information on fire restrictions, please visit

Temporary Flight Restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Lake Christine Fire remains in effect around the entire fire area, including restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (drones).

For air quality and smoke advisory information, please visit, or

For More Information:
Fire Info Line: (970) 510-0705

Lake Christine Fire Statistics:
Size: 8,800 acres Containment: 59%
Total Personnel: 319 Cause: Human-caused
Location: Approximately 1 mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 03rd, 2018 approx. 06:15 PM
Location1 mile northwest of Basalt, CO
Incident CommanderShane Greer
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates39.371 latitude, -107.043 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel320
Size9,672 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained32%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday July 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed conifer timber litter and Gambel oak brush.

Significant Events

1000 hour fuel moistures are at 5%, and Energy Release Component levels are above the 95th percentile. Heavy dead and down surface fuels are facilitating fire movement.


Planned Actions

Construct direct containment line on the north perimeter. Continue to improve and hold all containment lines, direct and indirect. Use aviation resources to support line construction and limit fire spread.

Projected Incident Activity

Hot and dry conditions. Surface fire movement in heavy dead and down fuels. Most active fire on the north, northeast and east side of the fire.


Meeting with local cooperators held at 1500 on 7/20. Community meeting planned for 1800 on Sunday, 7/22 at Basalt High School. Daily public and cooperator meetings will be held at 1800 and 1000, respectively.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warm temperatures but higher humidity occurred today, with highs in the mid 80s and minimum percent humidity in the upper teens to mid 20s. Isolated showers and thunderstorms developed across the local area, increasing the threat for gusty outflow winds and cloud-to-ground lightning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast through the weekend, along with cooler temperatures and higher humidities. A transition to a mainly dry weather pattern is expected next week, with highs in the 80s to near 90, and humidity levels in the mid-teens to around 20. There will be a chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening.