Lake Christine Fire grows to 8,315 acres; community meeting set for Friday night
A public meeting to provide updates on the Lake Christine Fire is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday night as the Type 2 Incident Management Team took over the fire Friday morning.
Officials said in a Friday morning update that that fire has grown to 8,315 acres after an active two days. The fire was reported at 7,700 acres Thursday afternoon. The community meeting will be at Basalt High School.
“Fire behavior was active on Thursday, with fire growth primarily occurring on top of Basalt Mountain,” the update said. “Air resources, including three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and 3 helicopters, worked throughout the day Thursday to help cool the fire’s edge on the northwest corner.”
Pre-evacuation notices were sent out Thursday evening. Cedar Drive, Toner Creek, Seven Castles and Taylor Road residents were placed on a pre-evacuation notice. Cedar Drive is on the hillside above Basalt. Seven Castles, with 100-plus homes, is in the lower Fryingpan Valley.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The coronavirus threat delayed the opening of developed campgrounds in the Roaring Fork, Fryingpan and Crystal valleys. The Forest Service will phase them back in by June 12.