Lake Christine Fire UPDATE
Fire Danger – Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in the Roaring Fork Valley
July 5, 2018
Lake Christine Fire:
Fire Start Date: July 3, 2018
Location: Between the towns of El Jebel and Basalt
Fire Information Sources:
Incident Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=16Y1l3pT9_y3WInrY8CmYwJTh4MjwVVod&ll=39.37903704783819%2C-107.05509599999993&z=13
For general information regarding this incident call 970-445-4911.
Old US Hwy 82.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents in close proximity to the fire including the El Jebel Mobile Home Park and Missouri Heights.
The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented a temporary restriction of the airspace over the Lake Christine Fire area. Check with airlines or go to http://www.aspenairport.com for commercial flight updates.
The fire in the Roaring Fork Valley is located in the Basalt/Willits Area, 35 Miles South-East of Glenwood Springs. Currently traffic is still moving on Hwy 82, Aspen Airport is currently closed. So far this has not affected our community other than smoke and air quality.
Our hearts go out to the displaced families and our thoughts are with all the amazing firefighters doing the best they can!
Garfield & Eagle County Sheriff’s FB page have up to date information about the fire!
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
The 2018 summer season is one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s driest after being in a drought for several years.
Snowpack and precipitation levels are extremely low creating very dry conditions.
Simple negligence can spark a fast-moving fire in these unfavorable conditions.
No open fires or campfires.
No charcoal or wood fires for cooking.
No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building.
No operating any combustion engine without an approved spark arrestor.
No welding or spark emitting cutting except for industrial use w/ permit.
No use of any explosive (blasting caps, bullets, model rockets, tracer rounds, etc.)
No fireworks (toy caps, sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs, fountains, etc.) 9 7 0 – 3 8 4 – 6 4 8 0
Campfire at night Wild fire burning at night
Further fire information on other fires in Colorado:
Colorado is dedicating unprecedented resources toward containing the three active fires in the state. A number of state agencies are working around the clock to contain the fires that have begun at the beginning of an especially hot and arid summer season in Colorado.
Colorado is the eighth largest state in the U.S. and most of its 104,100 square miles remain unaffected by fire. The state’s two main airports, Denver International Airport and Colorado Springs Airport, have experienced no flight cancellations or visibility issues. Despite the wildfires, most of the southwest area of Colorado is still open for business.
It is important to stay current on fire conditions across the state, but visitors can still expect to enjoy a memorable Colorado vacation the majority of Colorado’s destinations.
The Colorado Tourism Office is working closely with the communities being impacted by the fires. It is too early to assess the impact of the fires on Colorado’s tourism industry. All of our resources are dedicated to communicating the situation on the ground as it relates to visitors to Colorado.
Up-To-Date Information on location and status of fires:
Up-to-date information on location and status of the fires can be obtained via the Colorado Division of Emergency Management;
Twitter at @COEmergency) and the Inciweb Incident Information Center
Find fire resource information at Colorado.com/wildfireinformation.
Prevention of Fires: What can you do!?
As Colorado gears up for a busy summer travel season, the state urges people to travel responsibly, especially when it comes to fire prevention.
Colorado’s low humidity has perks but can create dry, dangerous fire conditions. Below are tips and resources for Colorado travelers to help prevent wildfires and protect our great outdoors:
• Keep campfires small and manageable.
• Never let a fire burn unattended.
• Properly maintain and watch campfires.
• Do not build a fire at a site in hazardous, windy or dry conditions. Check to see if campfires are permitted.
• Do not build a fire if the campground, area or event rules prohibit campfires. Check with the campground or forest representative.
• Use an existing fire ring or fire pit. If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, look for a site that is at least fifteen feet away from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Also beware of low-hanging branches overhead.
• Supervise children and pets when they are near fire.
• Never cut live trees or branches for fires.
• Fire restrictions and bans are set by local jurisdictions and by individual forest agencies. Check with the local sheriff’s office, fire department or the federal forest agency before lighting a campfire this summer.
• If you think it isn’t safe enough to light a campfire — choose to be safe and not start one.
• Properly extinguish and dispose of cigarettes.
• When putting out a fire, water it until you can handle the embers.
Extinguish your campfire properly by following these steps from Smokey Bear and US Forest Service:
1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
2. Pour lots of water on the fire, drown all the embers, not just the red ones.
3. Pour until hissing sound stops.
4. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.
5. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers.
6. Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch.
7. If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: Do not bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.