By Makenzie O’Keefe

DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Fire Department has sent a crew to aid in the fight against the Lake Christine Fire that is burning near Basalt. The wildfire has burned 5,263 acres as of Friday morning, and has destroyed three homes.

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Eight firefighters and two engines from the Denver Fire Department have been sent out west to help.

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A fire map showed the fire grew overnight and is spreading mostly to the north. There are two evacuation centers, one at Basalt High School and the other at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper will also head to the scene of the fire on Friday, touring the Lake Christine incident command in the morning, before heading south to the Spring Fire near La Veta that has burned over 103,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

Makenzie O’Keefe joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2017. Read her bio, connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @makenziepokeefe or email her your story ideas.

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