On July 3, 2018 a wildfire started in the town of Basalt, Colorado - the center of the Roaring Fork Watershed - about one-quarter of a mile from Roaring Fork Conservancy's office.
Roaring Fork Conservancy is raising funds to assist local, state, and federal government agencies to address the landscape-scale changes caused by the Lake Christine Fire.
In partnership with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Eagle County, and Town of Basalt, RFC aims to develop and implement long-term burn area restoration approaches. The risks of debris flows and flooding are elevated for 3-5 years post-burn, making this work crucial for years to come.
- The Lake Christine fire burned over 12,500 acres of pinyon/juniper, grass, shrubland, aspen and spruce/fir in the Roaring Fork River, Fryingpan River, and Cattle Creek drainages.
- Just under 20% of the total burn area is classified as “high severity,” and is more susceptible to erosion and debris flows.
- Significant re-growth is already present in many of the areas with moderate to low burn severity- many acres of which were seeded last fall. However, noxious weed mitigation is of high priority.
Additional details about the Lake Christine Fire Restoration Campaign can be found HERE.