UPDATE 2 | 1100 PDT
The fire was reportedly started on Tuesday, July 3rd around 1815 hours and is burning about one mile northwest of Basalt. Extreme fire behavior occurred on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, prompting mandatory evacuations.
Today, the fire has scorched 5,434 acres and there is a 3% containment status.
Fire Management is being handled by the Northern Rockies IMT, which assumed Command on July 5th around 0600 hours.
There are 399 personnel assigned to this wildfire.
Fire has been deemed human-caused and two individuals have been arrested.
The Eagle Creek Sheriff’s Office helped several hundred of residents.
Governor Hickenlooper visited the Lake Christine ICP Thursday. The Roaring Fork Valley is heavily populated and residual smoke elevates health risks impacting the communities of Basalt and El Jebel.
Incident Cooperators include but not limited to,
Animal Services | CO Animal Rescue, Eagle Valley Humane Society.
Community Partners | Aspen Community Foundation.
Emergency Management | CO Div HLS Emergency Management.
Fire & EMS | BLM, Aspen Fire Protection District, Basalt & Rural FD, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado Div of Fire Prevention and Control, Denver FD, Eagle County Paramedics, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District.
Government | CO Dept of Local Affairs, CO DOT, CO Parks and Wildlife, Crown Mountain Park and Rec District, Eagle County, Eagle County Regional Airport, Garfield County Government, Mesa County, Pitkin County, Roaring Fork School District, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Town of Basalt, City of Aspen and Town of Carbondale.
Human Services | American Red Cross, CO DHS, Hope Center, Lift Up, Mind Springs Health and Vail Valley Salvation Army.
Police | CO State Patrol, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County Sheriff Office and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
For gas leaks for Black Hills Energy residents can call 1-888-890-5554. Press #1 to speak with an operator, if you are having a gas leak. Technicians are going door-to-door to check on residents needs.
An air quality health advisory has been issued by the Health Department. Advisory issued due to wildfire smoke. Areas along Highway 82 from Basalt to Carbondale and surrounding areas have been impacted.
Re-entry passes are available from 1000 to 2000 hours at the Basalt High School. Those with current photo ID with their current address will not need to get an re-entry tag to return home once the evacuation orders have been lifted. Those who don’t have ID will need to get this re-entry tag to access their community.
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