Above: The Lake Christine Fire, Wednesday night. Photo: Katie Baum Hueth, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
(UPDATED at 8:19 a.m. MDT July 5, 2018)
Mandatory evacuations are in effect in several locations for the Lake Christine Fire that is burning between Basalt and El Jebel, Colorado 15 air miles southeast of Glenwood Springs.
The fire started July 3 from tracer ammunition being used by shooters near Basalt.
Fire officials estimated Thursday morning it has burned approximately 4,900 acres.
Below is a time-lapse showing the growth of the fire on July 4.
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(Originally published at 2:30 p.m. MDT July 4, 2018)
A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT), led by Incident Commander Mike Almas, has been ordered for the Lake Christine Fire that is forcing residents to evacuate in the community of Basalt, Colorado. The fire is near Highway 82, 17 miles northwest of Aspen, Colorado. Since the Rocky Mountain Geographic Area is running out of available IMTs, this team will come from the Northern Rockies Geographic Area which includes Montana, North Dakota, and Northern Idaho.
At about noon Wednesday the size was estimated at around 300 acres, but in a video on Periscope at 2 p.m. the fire appeared to be very active.
Authorities said the fire was started by individuals firing tracer rounds on Tuesday.
Below is an excerpt from the Aspen Times:
Basalt Town Manager Ryan Mahoney confirmed the fire, which was dubbed the Lake Christine Fire, started at the range. He said town officials asked Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Monday about closing the shooting range on the wildlife area but had not heard back as of Tuesday afternoon before the fire started.
Two people were cited for starting the fire at the range, according to Jessie Porter of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department. She could not immediately confirm what they were cited for late Tuesday night.
[Basalt Fire Chief Scott] Thompson said they preserved evidence at the range and the two people cited were firing “tracer rounds.” They were cooperative and talked with law enforcement officials, he said.
With all the large fires burning in Colorado it is hard to imagine how anyone in the state would think it was a good idea to use incendiary rounds.