Two people facing felony charges in connection to Lake Christine Fire

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 15:51:26-04

Two people are accused of starting the Lake Christine Fire that destroyed three homes and burned more than 5,000 acres in Eagle County. 

According to 9News Denver, felony arrest warrants were issued for Allison Marcus and Richard Miller, who were shooting tracer rounds at the Lake Christine shooting range on July 3.

Eagle County was under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions at the time, which prohibits the use of firearms, exploding targets and tracers. 

An Eagle County Sheriff’s deputy contacted the two near the range on July 3 after responding to reports of fire in the area. Marcus said she caused the fire and was "sorry," according to the arrest affidavit obtained by 9News Denver.

The affidavit revealed Miller was shooting tracer rounds, which can burn between 527 and 1,652 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Both suspects are facing Fourth-Degree Arson and Firing Woods or Prairie charges. They are due in court on August 17. 

The fire is reported at 5,196 acres and is 31 percent contained as of Monday afternoon.