The Lake Christine Fire is 100 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.
The fire, which ignited on July 3 at the Basalt shooting range, grew in the following weeks to nearly 12,600 acres and consumed three homes in El Jebel and Missouri Heights on the night of July 4. Containment had been sitting at above 90 percent since August as remnants of the fire continued to burn in inaccessible areas on the backside of Basalt Mountain.
The final 10 percent containment came due to recent cold temperatures, rain and snow, according to a post on the Lake Christine Fire Facebook page. The post explains that while there may be some minimal heat left in the perimeter of the fire, the likelihood of smoke or further growth is low.
Although the fire is officially contained, the closure area around the fire will remain in effect due to maintenance work taking place in the area.
Fire restrictions lifted
Fire restrictions in the White River National Forest and Pitkin County are also being rescinded as of Tuesday. According to the post, “the best available science, recent measurements and predictive models have shown a marked improvement in conditions leading to a significant decrease in wildfire risk.”
“Although we are coming out of fire restrictions, I’m asking all Pitkin County residents and visitors to remain vigilant, adhere to fire safety rules and report all smoke and fire to 911 immediately,” Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said in a press release.
Fire managers would like to remind visitors to be attentive to their actions and surroundings by observing the following rules:
Never leave a campfire unattended.
Only use established campfire rings.
Pick safe and proper campfire sites.
Ensure that campfires are completely out and cool to the touch by using the “drown, stir, and feel” method.