Lake Christine Fire

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Lake Christine Fire
LocationBasalt and Carbondale, Colorado, Eagle County, Colorado, United States
Coordinates39°21′29″N 107°01′07″W / 39.35806°N 107.01861°W / 39.35806; -107.01861Coordinates: 39°21′29″N 107°01′07″W / 39.35806°N 107.01861°W / 39.35806; -107.01861
Date(s)July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) – September 4, 2018 (2018-09-04)
Burned area12,588 acres (51 km2)[1]
Non-fatal injuries0
Perpetrator(s)(alleged) Richard Karl Miller and Allison Sarah Marcus
Lake Christine Fire is located in Colorado
Lake Christine Fire
The fires location in western Colorado

The Lake Christine Fire was a wildfire which burned near Basalt and Carbondale, Colorado, United States, in Eagle County. The Lake Christine Fire started on July 3, 2018 and was later downgraded to a Burned Area Response on September 4, 2018. The fire burned a total of 12,588 acres. 90% contained.[1]


The fire started at around 6 PM on July 3, 2018, near the Basalt Shooting Range. It was believed to have been started by Richard Karl Miller, 23, and Allison Sarah Marcus, 22, who were using illegal tracer rounds at the Shooting Range during Stage 2 fire restrictions in Eagle County. They both face 4th degree arson charges.[2] The shooting range had not been closed down by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (who operates the shooting range) before the fire started, despite the fire restrictions.

The fire destroyed three homes on and along the mountside which the fire burned.[3]

On September 4, 2018, the fire was downgraded to a Burned Area Response.


Upper Cattle Creek in the southbound direction and Kelly Lake Road were closed.[4]


500 homes were evacuated under mandatory evacuations in Missouri Heights, the El Jebel Mobile Home Park and on other parts of Basalt Mountain. These evacuations were later lifted.[5]

Two evacuation centers were open, one being at Basalt High School in Basalt which closed on July 9.[6] The other at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale was closed on July 7.[7]

On July 20, 2018 the fire grew yet again, causing pre evacuation orders to be put in place for Cedar Dr, Toner Creek, Seven Castles and Taylor Rd. These evacuations were later lifted.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Lake Christine Fire". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  2. ^ "2 people shooting tracer rounds accused of starting Lake Christine Fire". FOX31 Denver. 2018-07-05. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  3. ^ "New Evacuations, 3 Homes Destroyed By Lake Christine Fire Near Basalt". CBS Denver. 2018-07-05. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  4. ^ "Lake Christine Fire Map". Google My Maps. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  5. ^ Roberts, Michael (2018-07-05). "Lake Christine Fire Update: 500 Homes Evacuated as Burning Acreage Grows". Westword. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  6. ^ "Basalt High School evacuation center closed, school programs resume Tuesday". Post Independent. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  7. ^ "Evacuees from Lake Christine Fire find relief at evacuation center". Aspen Times. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  8. ^ "New pre-evacuation notices issued for Lake Christine Fire". FOX31 Denver. 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2018-07-20.