White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Fire Information Line: 970-510-0705
Follow Fire Information on Facebook: Eagle County Sheriff’s
Location: Approximately 1 mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado
Total Personnel: 171 Size: 5,263 acres Containment: 0%
The Lake Christine Fire was first reported the evening of July 3rd, and due to extremely dry fuels, single digit relative humidity, and strong outflow winds, the fire grew significantly on the Fourth of July. Local crews worked through the night on July 4th to protect hundreds of homes, but unfortunately three homes were destroyed.
Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT) began managing the Lake Christine Fire on Thursday, July 5th, and have set up an Incident Command Center at the Eagle County Community Center in Basalt.
Thursday, winds lessened and relative humidity increased above 20%, helping to somewhat moderate fire behavior. However, some fire spread occurred along the fire’s northwestern flank due to erratic winds. Hand crews and dozers began construction of containment lines along the western fire perimeter, south of Spring Creek Reservoir, and retardant and helicopter water drops helped limit spread. Along the fire’s southeastern fire perimeter, crews and engines continued with assessments and worked numerous hotspots, aided by helicopter water drops. They also began construction of an indirect, contingency fire line along the southeast fire flank, should fire activity increase in that area.
Friday, additional crews and resources will be arriving to assist. Crews will continue to improve and expand upon hand and dozer line construction, as well as actively working fire hot spots.
Resources Threatened: Private property, infrastructure (transmission lines), and structures in the Missouri Heights, Basalt, and El Jebel remain threatened. The fire has also begun to burn on federal and state lands, with natural resources threatened.
Evacuations: At least 925 residences were evacuated and potentially remain threatened in the Basalt, El Jebel, and Missouri Heights areas.
Closures: The Eagle County Sheriff’s office has numerous areas closed related to evacuations, and public traffic is NOT allowed. Although the Eagle County Sheriff’s office has begun to issue re-entry credentials to evacuated individuals, evacuees are still NOT allowed into the fire area. This process is in an effort to make future re-entry into the fire area more efficient. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office still has some evacuations in effect, but have rescinded some voluntary evacuation areas. Please refer to each county’s appropriate Sheriff’s Office/ Facebook page for up-to-date details. County officials and the Incident Management Team will continue to assess the need for evacuations. Additionally, White River National Forest closures remain in effect, including the Basalt Mountain and Red Table Road areas; See the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Friday’s weather is predicted to be much like Thursday, with relative humidity near 20 percent, and the potential for thunderstorms with erratic winds in the afternoon. Heavy fuels (Pinyon and Juniper) are still quite dry, so erratic winds could increase fire behavior and spread in those fuels.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect on private, state, and federal lands in Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield counties, so all outdoor burning is prohibited. For information on fire restrictions, please visit www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions are in effect around the fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones); if you fly, we can’t!
Announcements: There is a public meeting TONIGHT, July 6, at 6:00 p.m., Basalt High School!