Suspects in Lake Christine Fire surrender to law enforcement

Allison Marcus, left, and Richard Miller are accused of starting the 6,778-acre fire by illegally shooting at an area gun range. (Photos: Eagle County Sheriff's Office)

BASALT, Colo. (KKTV) - The man and woman accused of starting a destructive wildfire in Eagle County have turned themselves in nearly a week after warrants were issued for their arrest.

Allison Marcus, 22, and Richard Miller, 23, surrendered just after midnight Sunday and are now booked into the Eagle County Jail. Investigators say they ignited the Lake Christine Fire while shooting illegal tracer rounds at the Basalt Public Shooting Range. Both face fourth-degree arson charges.

Sister station KCNC reports police initially issued the pair misdemeanor charges with a summons, but those charges were upgraded to felony charges after the district attorney's office reviewed the case. Warrants were issued on July 9.

The fire has devoured nearly 7,000 acres since it started July 3 and forced nearly 1,800 to evacuate. Three homes were destroyed, including one belonging to one of the firefighters battling the blaze. It is 57 percent contained as of Saturday.