Lake Christine Fire burns dangerously close to homes

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 19:48:55-04
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New video of the fire area Friday shows how close the Lake Christine Fire burned to homes in Eagle County Wednesday night.

Winds pushed the fire within feet of homes in the El Jebel and Basalt late Wednesday night, but fire crews were able to stop the fire in time to save dozens of homes. Three homes have been lost from the fire.

The fire has burned an estimated 5,263 acres and is 0 percent contained as of Friday morning.

Power outages in areas of the Roaring Fork Valley could occur, and power could be lost for up to three days due to fire damaging power poles. Aspen and Snowmass could be affected by the outages.

Evacuees can now sign up for re-entry to the fire area Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Basalt High School shelter located at 600 Southside Drive in Basalt. The Red Cross closed the Roaring Fork High School Shelter Friday and will move all residents to the Basalt High School shelter.

All evacuation orders in the area still remain in effect.

The fire started Tuesday night at a shooting range near Basalt where two men shooting tracer rounds are suspected of starting the fire.