2 people accused of starting Lake Christine Fire turn themselves in

Richard Miller and Allison Marcus are accused of starting the Lake Christine Fire

BASALT, Colo. — The two people accused of starting the Lake Christine Fire turned themselves into authorities on Sunday morning, officials said.

Richard Miller, 23, and Allison Marcus, 22, both of El Jebel, are accused of starting the fire by shooting tracer bullets at a Basalt shooting range on July 3.

They were each charged with fourth-degree arson, a class four felony, and firing woods or prairie, a class six felony.

The two are being held on a $7,500 bond.

Three homes have been destroyed by the fire and it has burned 6,778 acres. It forced several people to evacuate from their homes but the evacuations have since been lifted.

The suspects were scheduled for a hearing in Eagle County Court but because the judge was scheduled to be out all week, they were ordered to return Aug. 14.

They are currently free on $7,500 bond each. They’re both charged with fourth-degree arson and firing woods or prairie. If convicted, they face up to six years in prison and three years mandatory parole.

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