Neil Diamond Serenades Lake Christine First Responders in Basalt
If you are a first responder in a wildfire area, all you think about is getting the fires out and saving lives and homes. Meeting celebrities isn't a passing thought.
So, imagine the surprise the first responders to the Lake Christine fire experienced when Neil Diamond walked on to the stage of the incident command center at Basalt High School, guitar in hand.
Diamond and his wife have resided in the area for over 20 years, and when he first appeared on the stage he told those gathered: "You have to save my house!"
Diamond no longer tours after revealing he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but was happy to serenade those assembled, who also joined in.
The blaze is now around 72% contained as crews have been working hard to establish fire lines, as well as slurry and water drops to finally contain the blaze that has been burning for nearly four weeks.
Firefighters wish to remind residents that contained doesn't mean the fire is out, so be cautious and keep in mind it can start right back up again without care being taken.