Tracer rounds spark threatening wildfire in Colorado

Tracer rounds blamed for the Lake Christine Fire in Basalt, Colorado. (Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District | Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Tracer rounds are being blamed for sparking a fire in Colorado.

There are evacuations in place for areas near the Lake Christine Fire in Basalt, a sleepy town in the mountains west of Denver.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the fire began at the Basalt SWA shooting range from the firing of tracer rounds, which are illegal during the wildfire emergency in Eagle County.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office issued citations two two people as a result of the unlawful use of ammo.

According to KUSA, the fire is threatening 80 homes and burned 50 acres.

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