Some mandatory evacuations to be lifted for Lake Christine Fire

BASALT, Colo. — Some of the mandatory evacuations for the Lake Christine Fire burning near Basalt were lifted on Sunday and Monday, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Evacuations for the El Jebel Trailer Park were lifted on Sunday morning.

Big Pinion and Little Pinion, Shadow Rock, Original Road, Pine Ridge and Sagewood Court, Hillcrest, Silverado, Two Rivers for access to Hillcrest were lifted on Sunday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.

Monday evening, the residents east of Cattle Creek Road (even addresses), including Blue Creek ​Trail, Blue Creek Overlook, Vista Hi Drive and the 3 houses on the road in between will be allowed to return to their homes at the roadblock with proper credentials.

The road block will remain in place thru the night to ensure that only residents from that area access the area.

Roads that will remain closed and under evacuation orders are upper Cedar Drive and the entire Lake Christine Wildlife area.

Three homes have been destroyed by the fire and it has burned almost 5,900 acres. It is 30 percent contained.

Authorities say the fire started Tuesday evening after two people at the Basalt shooting range used tracer bullets, which illuminate the path of fired bullets.

Richard Karl Miller, 23, and Allison Sarah Marcus, 22, both of El Jebel face fourth-degree arson charges for firing the bullets.

They could face additional charges after the investigation is concluded, sheriff’s spokeswoman Amber Barrett said.

The charges are misdemeanors. They were given a summons and not arrested, so they are not being held in the Eagle County Jail.

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