The Lake Christine Fire continues to move predominately to the north and east and reached the south side of Cattle Creek Road, near the privately owned cabins, yesterday afternoon. The pump and sprinkler system placed around the cabins for additional protection remains in place and crews continue to do structure protection.
Along the western edge of the fire, hand crews, heavy equipment, and aviation resources continue to improve and extend direct containment line. In addition, a new mobile fire retardant plant is being deployed northeast of the Missouri Heights area. This new plant will expedite the turnaround time of the helicopters and allow them to pinpoint more precisely the placement of the fire retardant, making it more effective on the ground.
The southeastern edge of the fire, near the Frying Pan Valley, has not seen significant growth over the past few days. A new Division (DIV U) was added on the eastern edge of the Fire today. Firefighters in this Division will scout and develop a plan to prevent additional spreading to the east.
Numerous additional personnel and heavy equipment have arrived on the fire and will be focused on the north and northwest side of the fire. The incident management team asks the public to please stay out of the Missouri Heights area and Frying Pan valley unless they are a resident.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Temperatures will be more moderate today, and slow moving afternoon thunderstorms may produce outflow gusts and some wetting rain. **There is a potential for FLASH FLOODING in burned areas if these storms produce significant rainfall.**
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 (ecalert.org) and Pitkin County (pitkinalert.org) emergency alerts.
Size: 11,459 acres
Total Personnel: 345
Rocky Mountain National Park lifted its ban on campfires Friday, two weeks after imposing it to avoid sparking another wildfire. It was the first campfire ban since 2012.
The complete fire ban put in place on July 6, 2018 has been lifted due to current conditions. Campfires are prohibited in the park, except within fire rings in picnic areas and front-country campgrounds. Park visitors must use caution with campfires in authorized locations. 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 www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bansdanger.html.