Home PoliticsHeat wave, low humidity expected for growing Lake Christine fire – The Denver Post
Heat wave, low humidity expected for growing Lake Christine fire – The Denver Post

Heat wave, low humidity expected for growing Lake Christine fire – The Denver Post

Mountain temperatures reaching 90 degrees along with occasional brisk winds and dry temperatures will test firefighters battling 13 wildfires spread throughout Colorado, including the slow, but steadily-growing Lake Christine fire.

Although there is an isolated chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, temperatures are expected to rise to about 90 degrees near Basalt where the Lake Christine fire continues to gobble thick timber and brush, according to fire officials and the National Weather Service.

Low humidity in the teens and winds gusting up to 25 mph could push stubborn fires beyond their bounds from the Wyoming border to south-central Colorado.


The wildfire allegedly ignited by two people firing tracer bullets near Lake Christine on July 3 continues to torch tall conifer pine trees and inch its way through steep, rough terrain, mostly west of Basalt.

The fire grew by about 200 acres Thursday and is now 12,186 acres in size and 39 percent contained.

Hotshot crews have established an anchor point on the southeast side of the fire, enabling them to extend containment lines. A total of 404 firefighters continue to work on the fire.

Planes and helicopters have dropped more than 51,000 gallons of retardant this week.

Firefighters using heavy equipment including bulldozers and graders are creating trails and roads to provide better access on the southern fire line.

Because firefighters are working in steep, dangerous terrain, a Rapid Extraction Module rescue team has been tasked to the fire to accelerate evacuations of the injured and ill.


Emergency workers are in recovery mode in populated areas of Costilla and Huerfano counties where more than 200 homes have been damaged or destroyed by the 108,000-acre wildfire.

Officers from the Army Corps of Engineers have been giving residents sand bag training to protect their homes from flooding. At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Army Corps will provide sand bags at the La Veta fairgrounds. The training will last about two hours.

Local, state and federal agents, including rangers from the U.S. Forest Service, have been meeting with residents to discuss how to prevent future damage to their homes.

The human-caused fire, which is 91 percent contained, is the third-largest wildfire in Colorado history.

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