The Lake Christine Fire has expanded to over 2300 acres and caused the evacuation of over 500 homes and 1800 individuals. The cause of the blaze appears to be the use of Tracer rounds at the Lake Christine Shooting range. Two individuals have been identified and charged in the incident.
The fire started around 7:20pm on July 3rd near Near Lake Christine Shooting Range on Colorado Dept. of Parks & Wildlife Lands, in Eagle County, Colorado. Fire has also burned onto USFS land and 2 large private parcels. And is 0& contained as of late Wednesday July 4th.
Information: Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page @EagleCounty SO. Public information line staffed 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.: (970) 445-4911.
The most up-to-date perimeter map and evacuation areas can be found at bit.ly/LakeChristineFire
The following areas are under an evacuation order by the Basalt Police Department and the Eagle County Sheriffs Office: Original Road, Silverado Dr, Hillcrest Drive, Sagewood Court and the Pineridge area.
Homestead Trailer Park. the Wilds (Promontory and Wildsprings) Ridge Rd, Pinion and Cedar Dr. Emergency evacuation for wildland fire.
Homestead, Sopris, Spur, Tucker Hillside Curtis Longhorn all addresses on N side of Midland Ave. Emergency evacuation for wildland fire. Evacuate immediately. Shelter Basalt High School
Due to the Lake Christine Fire, the White River National Forest has issued an emergency area closure order effective at 5:00 p.m. on July 4, 2018 for all National Forest Lands north of the Basalt State Wildlife Area between the National Forest Boundary and Bowers Gulch to the west, and southwest of Red Table Mountain and Frenchman Creek to the east.
The closure area includes Basalt Mountain, the Cattle Creek area (including all of the single-track trails within the Cattle Creek Area), Sawmill Gulch area, the Seven Castles area including Otto Creek and Downey Creek, and all hiking, biking and motorcycle trails between Basalt Mountain and Cottonwood Pass.
This closure order in place for public safety and so firefighters can conduct suppression operations.
National Forest System Roads Closed: Red Table Road (FSR 514); Basalt Mountain Road (FSR 524/524.1A); Cattle Creek Road (FSR 509); Slaughter Spring Road (FSR 430.1B); Brewster Gulch Road (FSR 430); Fitzpatrick Gulch Road (FSR 529/529.2A)National Forest System Trails Closed: Lone Pine Trail System (Trail No. 1913/1913.3/1913.2); “Locked Gate Trail” (Trail No. 3510/3510.2); Taylor Creek Pass (Trail No. 1909); Basalt Mountain (Trail No. 1911); Trail; Mill Creek Trail; Blue Creek Flats (No. N524.1D)
The following persons are exempt from this closure order:
- Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
- Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
For more information please contact the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. The White River National Forest is currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. For more information visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver .