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Lake Christine Fire will be turned over to type 4 team as progress continues

Staff report

There has been enough progress on the Lake Christine Fire to make the transition Tuesday from a type 3 to a type 4 incident management team, it was announced today.

The type 3 team led by incident commander Brian Anderson will turn over the reins at 6 a.m. Tuesday to a type 4 team from Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit led by Dan Nielsen.

The goal remains 100 percent containment and extinguishment.

"The weather pattern that lingered over Basalt during the past weekend assisted the work of five crews in reducing the complexity of the fire and enabled the Type 3 organization currently running operations to meet their short-term objectives," said a statement from Anderson's team Monday morning.

"Those objectives include no visible smoke for two days within one chain (66 feet) of the fire line, 100 percent mop up of all spots on Division S located on the north side of the fire, ensuring that all spots are lined and there is minimal smoke emanating from Division U located in the challenging terrain along part of the fire's eastern edge," the statement continued.

A total of one-half an inch of rain fell on the fire Friday through Sunday. Anderson thanked Mother Nature for the help, according to the statement.

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"I'll take any free work I can get," Anderson quipped.

However, the rain didn't extinguish the fire. It remained 90 percent contained at 12,588 acres.

The firefighting effort has cost an estimated $16.8 million, Anderson's team said Tuesday.

There are 55 personnel involved in the firefighting and administrative effort. That includes four engines with crews and one light helicopter with a helitack crew.

The type 4 leadership was shadowing the type 3 leadership Monday before taking control of the firefighting effort.