Emergency Management

Contact Us

  • Phone: 970-328-3545
    Fax: 970-328-8694

    Emergency Management
    P.O. Box 850
    Eagle, Colorado 81631


    Call 9-1-1 for emergencies
    or 970-479-2201

Lake Christine Fire Information

Notification and Warning

All residents and visitors should subscribe to Eagle and Pitkin county alerts at www.ecalert.org and www.pitkinalert.org. Please do not use Safari, the default browser on Apple devices such as iPhones, when subscribing to EC Alert.

Lake Christine Burned Area Emergency Response Assessment

To view the latest USDA's White River National Forest Lake Christine Fire burn area response.

Potential Flooding and Debris Flow Hazards

Residents and business owners should take steps to protect themselves and their property from potential flooding and debris flows. A map of areas at high risk for debris flow from the Lake Christine Burn Scar can be found on the U.S. Geological Survey website. All Eagle County and Basalt residents are eligible to purchase flood insurance because both jurisdictions participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. There is generally a 30-day waiting period required for flood insurance coverage to become effective. An exception to the waiting period may be available, after insurance is purchased and if a flooding event occurs, on a case-by-case basis. Check with your insurance provider. If your agent does not sell flood insurance, call 1-800-427-4661 to request a referral.

Eagle County has identified approximately 670 properties that could potentially be at higher risk for debris flow and flood damage due to their proximity to existing drainages and fire scarring. Homeowners who require a notification of increased flood potential for insurance purposes can download the following letter, which includes a list of properties in the higher risk area. Please note this list may not be inclusive of all properties that could be at heightened risk. Remember, all residents are eligible to purchase flood insurance.

Lake Christine Fire Flood/Debris Risk Map  Homeowner Letter for Flood Insurance

If your property is not shown on the map or on the list, and you need a notification letter, please email floodletter@eaglecounty.us.

Additional Resources
Wildfires: You Need Flood Insurance
How to Buy Flood Insurance
Prepare for Flood

Safety Information

All drainages within and downstream of the burned area can produce flash flooding and debris flows.

  • Flash floods can occur even though it is not raining where you are it may be raining hard further up-stream.
  • If you find yourself in a flood, climb to safety and seek higher ground.
  • Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it by vehicle or foot. Water hides dips in the road – worse yet, there may be no road left under the water as flooding can scour away the entire road surface and ground beneath the road.
  • Those who live downslope of the Lake Christine burn area should monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts and official Facebook and Twitter pages. All residents and visitors should subscribe to receive emergency notifications from www.pitkinalert.org and www.ecalert.org. Use a weather radio or smart phone weather app that monitors “all hazards” alerts issued by the NOAA-National Weather Service.
  • During severe storms, stay alert and awake.
  • Prepare for rainstorms by being prepared to evacuate if emergency officials determine that flooding and debris flows are expected which could pose an increased threat to human life, safety, and property. Practice evacuations before real events occur.
  • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. Be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether water changes from clear to muddy.
  • Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home, especially where runoff water converges.
  • If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can, and help people who require special assistance.
  • If you are near a stream or channel, consider evacuations of larger or numerous animals.
  • Stay away from the slide area until officials say it is safe to enter
  • Check for injured and trapped persons or animals near the slide without entering the slide area.
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
  • Check your home’s foundation, chimney and surrounding land for damage.

Recovery Following the Lake Christine Fire

There are three phases of recovery following wildfires on federal lands which will take place for the Lake Christine Fire: fire suppression repair; emergency stabilization or Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER); and long-term recovery and restoration.

Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities and usually begins before the fire is contained, and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. This work is being conducted to repair the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

Emergency stabilization or Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and take immediate actions to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first major storms. A BAER Team is scheduled to begin on the Lake Christine Fire soon. Fires result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, and damage to critical natural and cultural resources. BAER actions such as: mulching, seeding, installation of erosion and water run-off control structures, temporary barriers to protect recovering areas, and installation of warning signs may be implemented. BAER work may also replace safety related facilities; remove safety hazards; prevent permanent loss of habitat for threatened and endangered species; and prevent the spread of noxious weeds, and protect critical cultural resources.

Long-Term Recovery and Restoration utilizes non-emergency actions to improve fire-damaged lands that are unlikely to recover naturally and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the fire that are not critical to life and safety. This phase may include restoring burned habitat, reforestation, other planting or seeding, monitoring fire effects, replacing burned fences, interpreting cultural sites, treating noxious weed infestations, and installing interpretive signs.

In addition, homeowners should replant damaged private property as soon as possible because erosion caused by loss of ground cover can lead to flash flooding. For further guidance in helping to reduce the post-fire hazards on private property please call Eagle County Emergency Management at 970-328-3545.