Photo: MSgt Christopher DeWitt

The Lake Christine Fire in Colorado is still raging, and one lawyer has video proof.

Lara Bueso Bach, a senior associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, captured the advance of the fire from Highway 82 as she and her family fled the blaze.

Bach was on a family vacation in Basalt with five lawyers and six children. They were attempting to celebrate the birthdays of two of those kids — “And America’s, of course!” she said in an email — but were also monitoring the progress of the fire.

Lara Bach.

“As you can imagine, the risk assessment that took place among the group was intense,” she said. “The evacuation process was terrifying, as we grabbed what we could and literally threw the kids in the car. The smoke was thick, the kids were coughing, and the fire appeared to be just blocks away as we drove out.”

“As Floridians, we’re not familiar with fires and their progression,” she continued. “Updated information regarding the fire was difficult to come by. Twitter was the best source of information.”

Bach and her family have taken refuge in the town of Avon for now, hoping the fire can be contained.

For the moment, that hope feels distant. CBS Denver reports that the fire has quickly burned at least 2,000 acres in the far southwest corner of Eagle County, close to the border with Pitkin County and Garfield County. Three homes have been destroyed, and two more neighborhoods were evacuated overnight.

According to the Denver Post, Allison Marcus, 22, and Richard Miller, 23, were cited for arson charges, having allegedly ignited the blaze at a shooting range near Basalt on Tuesday, July 3. Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson told The Aspen Times that Marcus and Miller had been firing “tracer rounds.”

“This fire will not be out quickly,” Karen Schroyer, an Aspen-Sopris District ranger, told the Post. “This is a longer-duration fire, we could be looking at several weeks.”

Bach, who is also the president of the Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, was recently profiled for the Daily Business Review’s 2018 Professional Excellence Awards as one of 25 attorneys “On the Rise.” In that profile, she calls “defining the line between advocacy and incivility” the greatest challenge she sees for the legal profession.