The Type 2 Incident Management Team is doing a great job keeping all of us in-the-loop with daily information about the Lake Christine fire.
(Aspen, CO) The Lake Christine fire is now moving in a northeasterly direction in the vicinity of Basalt Mountain. Increased aerial fire attacks have been ordered to help maintain containment of the blaze.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), that have been in effect since the fire broke out July 3rd, remain in place. Because of the need for increased aerial fire attacks the TFR, which was scaled back as the fire became more contained, will be fully expanded again beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m. and continue through 9 p.m. daily until further notice.
Commercial flight arrivals and some departures are expected to be impacted. While some flights may be allowed to arrive and depart from the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, schedules will be less predictable as airspace is made available for the aerial fire attack.
Travelers are advised to check with their airlines for the most up-to-date flight information or go to www.aspenairport.com for arrival and departure information.
The TFR will remain in effect until further notice.
“While we are aware of the inconvenience the TFR is causing travelers, our top priority is honoring the TFR and the fire-fighting effort in our community,” said Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Director, John Kinney.
Updates will be posted on the Airport Facebook (Facebook.com/flyaspensnowmass) and Twitter (@FlyAspenAirport pages.
The Aspen Times did a good job reporting on the Lake Christine fire today. Please read Scott Condon's article by CLICKING HERE
Please check out the Lake Christine Fire Public Health Information Website by clicking the link below:
FIRE RECOVERY PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION
The Lake Christine fire in Basalt/El Jebel/Missouri Heights is expected to reach 45% containment by the end of the day - weather permitting.
As we enter the "recovery phase" of this incident please refer to this useful Public Health information regarding food and water safety, things you need to know about returning home after evacuation, etc.
Lake Christine Fire Updates
Questions about the fire? Call 970-510-0705
7/5/2018 5:00 p.m.
Potential For Extended Power Outage Update
Residents and visitors in the upper Roaring Fork Valley between El Jebel and Aspen are asked to prepare for a power outage of up to 72 hours should utility lines serving these areas succumb to the Lake Christine wildfire.
During and extended power outage, essential Pitkin County Services including Sheriff's Office, Public Health, Economic Assistance, Adult and Family Services, and Clerk and Recorder will be located at the Pitkin County Courthouse.
Here's What You Can Do Now to Prepare
Power Outage Preparedness
Highway Travel Information/Road Conditions
Airport Travel Information
Aspen Valley Hospital Information
For updates on the Lake Christine fire in Basalt, Colorado please refer to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCountySO/. All updates will be posted there:
Pitkin County, Colorado – June 28, 2018 – Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, in cooperation with the Pitkin County Fire Chiefs and officials from the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, is implementing Stage II fire restrictions effective 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Saturday, June 29, 2018. The new fire restrictions are in effect until further notice and cover all State, public, private, incorporated and unincorporated lands within Pitkin County. Land management officials from USFS - White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management are implementing their own, concurrent Stage II fire restrictions along with Pitkin County. These new Stage II fire restrictions supersede the existing Stage I fire restrictions that have been in place since June 12, 2018.
“Fire restrictions are implemented to reduce fire risk and prevent wildfires during periods of high to extreme fire danger,” said Sheriff DiSalvo Thursday evening. “We use data to guide us in making these decisions, and don’t take lightly the impact the restrictions have on our community. However, the impacts of inaction on our part are far greater and we must do everything we can to deter and prevent fires in Pitkin County.”
“The health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Pitkin County require that the use of open fires, equipment, and explosives be regulated in order to prevent wildfires under existing conditions.” Scott Thompson, Basalt/Snowmass Fire Chief.
All residents and visitors who violate these fire restrictions will face penalties which may include fines and possible jail time.
The Stage II fire restrictions shall apply to all people within Pitkin County for the following activities:
*Gas grills/stoves/lanterns using pressurized liquid or gas that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable material such as grasses or pine needles.
The public is encouraged to visit www.pitkinemergency.com for more information about current fire restrictions.
For media inquiries contact:
Operations Commander, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office
The Pitkin County Sheriff is implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions effective at midnight on Friday, June 29, 2018.
Pitkin County joins the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Garfield, Gunnison and Eagle counties in implementing this more restrictive fire ban. Stage 2 means absolutely no campfires of any kind, no charcoal grills or barbecues, or the use of coal or wood burning stoves. All smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building is prohibited.
If you have any questions please contact your local fire district, District Ranger or the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office at:
Aspen Fire Protection District -- 970-925-5532
Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District -- 970-704-0675
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District - 970-963-2491
Snowmass/Wildcat Fire Protection District -- 970-923-2212
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office -- 970-920-5300
White River National Forest -- 970-963-2255
Please refer to the chart below for further details: