Suspects in Lake Christine Fire turn themselves in days after summons was issued by deputies

Posted at 1:24 PM, Jul 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-15 18:33:02-04

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – Two people who deputies say shot tracer rounds near the Town of Basalt, creating a wildfire that has burned at least three homes to the ground since the blaze started nearly three weeks ago, turned themselves in early Sunday morning, according to a spokesperson with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

Allison Marcus, 22 and Richard Miller, 23, both from El Jebel, Colorado, were booked into the Eagle County Detention Facility after turning themselves shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Both have been charged with fourth-degree arson, a class 4 felony; and firing woods or prairie, a class 6 felony, according to Jessie Porter, public information officer with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The two suspects are being held on a $7,500 bond.

The Lake Christine Fire, which is burning one mile northwest of Basalt, Colorado, is located west of the Basalt gun range in Eagle County. A summons had been issued by the sheriff's office for the suspects since at least July 4. 

The wildfire is 6,778 acres in size and remains 57 percent contained, per the latest information from fire officials.