Lake Christine Fire

The Lake Christine Fire in Basalt and El Jebel during July was a harsh reminder of the havoc and devastation a wildfire can inflict on our community. Living in the arid West, we know that wildfires are a threat during the summer and many of us recall the fires, large and small, that have burned in the region over the years. Watching Basalt Mountain go up in flames once again brought home the magnitude of the danger we face.

We were extremely fortunate that, due to the vigilant and heroic efforts of firefighters, law enforcement, and other first responders, the damage was not more extensive, and no lives were lost. In addition, the immediate generosity and compassionate response from the community was heartening. So many stepped in with support.

Aspen Community Foundation’s Community to Community Fund for disaster relief provides a vehicle for donors to support the immediate and long-term needs of disaster victims and their families as well as impacted agencies and communities. Monies from this fund are disbursed to provide immediate relief as well as to organizations and entities with the capability to address the short- and long-term needs of individuals, families, and communities.

Contributions to the Community to Community Fund at Aspen Community Foundation for the Lake Christine Fire totaled nearly $300,000. More than 300 donors provided support for those impacted by the fire. These donations represent much more than dollars. They represent a community that rises to the challenge, a community that offers a hand up to their neighbors, a community that cares.