By order of the Pitkin County Sheriff, effective Friday, August 31, 2018, at 12:01 p.m. all Stage II fire restrictions in Pitkin County are rescinded, and all lands in Pitkin County will revert back to Stage I fire restrictions. These Stage I fire restrictions are in place until further notice.
Announcing the decision to revert back to Stage I fire restrictions, Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said “We use data and science to guide our decision-making process in these situations. The data we’ve seen supports this decision clearly. I work closely with the Fire Chiefs from Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and Carbondale fire districts, in addition to our State and Federal partners to ensure we approach all fire restrictions in Pitkin County in a coordinated manner and are doing so in the best interest of the public.”
Fire Chief Scott Thompson of the Basalt and Snowmass Fire Departments reminds people that "You still need to be careful. Warm daytime temperatures and wind could still cause a fire to get out of control. People must remain vigilant and understand that fires are still a possibility."
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.
The following open fire restrictions shall apply on all private and state lands in Pitkin County.
The fire restrictions shall apply to the following persons and activities:
A. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site to include a fire ring/pit.
B. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, or building, at a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materia
C. Operating or using an internal or external combustion engine without an approved spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standards or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices.
D. Use of any personal fireworks or explosive requiring fuses or blasting caps as defined by Colorado Revised Statute 12-28-101 (8).
The restrictions stated above exclude the following:
1. Persons with a valid written permit from the Pitkin County Sheriff, or the fire district within which the fire is to occur specifically authorizing the prohibited act.
2. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
3. Any fires contained within a liquid fuel or gas fuel stove, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires at private residences, and fires located within permanent fire pits or fire grates to the extent those pits or grates are located in developed picnic grounds, campgrounds or recreational sites.
4. Burning of irrigation ditches located within and completely surrounded by irrigated farmlands, where such burning is necessary for crop survival, and a specific written permit has been granted for such burning, in advance, by the fire district having jurisdiction.
5. Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies, for which a Federal agency, the Fire District, and the County Sheriff has granted a valid written permit in advance. Knowingly or recklessly burning during the restriction period is illegal and legal actions may be taken against individuals in violation under CRS 30-15-410 and Pitkin County Resolution 96.
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
The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District will now be taking public phone calls about the Lake Christine Fire. Please call 970-963-2266 for updated information or continue to follow the Lake Christine Facebook page. The Lake Christine Facebook page will be updated as needed or as new information becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience, feedback and interest on the #LakeChristineFire
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: