Cherry Canyon & 466 Fire Morning Update: May 24, 2020

 

 

 

  

For Immediate Release

Date: May 24, 2020 

Contact: Caley Fisher | DFPC Public Information Officer | 720-391-1565 | caley.fisher@state.co.us

 

Cherry Canyon Fire:

Acres: 11,087

% Contained: 30

Location: 10 miles NW of Kim, CO

Cause: Lightning

Start Date: 5/20/2020

466 Fire:

Acres: 120

% Contained: 0

Location: 15 miles NE of the Cherry Canyon Fire

Cause: Unnown

Start Date: 5/23/2020

  

Las Animas County, CO:  As of Saturday evening, the Cherry Canyon fire reached 11,087 acres and continues to burn in remote locations with steep canyons and cliffs in the region. The day brought low to moderate activity with steady winds.  A late afternoon wind gust caused the fire to move east toward CR 195.8.  Two Single Engine air tankers and a large air tanker were utilized to contain this spot.  As of 1700 the fire had not crossed 195.8.  Firefighters will continue to work in this area for the next few days.

 

The southern portion of the fire is only burning internally and has not advanced since Wednesday. 

Winds, high temperature and relative humidity remain a concern, with weather predictions looking at moderate, possibly variable weather and fire behavior for the next 36 hours into Monday. 

  

Moving forward, ground resources will seek opportunities to engage the fire safely and contain it, keeping the fire North of Highway 160, East of County Road 179 and West of State Highway 109.

 

The 466 fire maintained 120 acres, with 0% containment. Aircraft and firefighters from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control ()DFPC) continue to assist the Kim Volunteer fire Department. Firefighters are optimistic the fire will not grow any further, and mop up can begin today. 

 

Resources: Kim Volunteer Fire Department, Las Animas County Sheriff, Las Animas County Road and Bridge Department, Las Animas County Emergency Management, and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control have provided essential resources including 3 DFPC Modules, 3 DFPC Engines, Helitack, Multi Mission Aircraft support and Single Engine Air Tankers.

 

Safety is the number one priority and as such, strategies moving forward include maintaining firefighter and public safety by utilizing sound risk management actions and utilizing suppression activities that guide the fire into natural barriers. Additionally, minimizing the potential impacts of COVID-19 through the practice of social distancing, proper personal hygiene, and regular cleaning. 

 

As a reminder, Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in effect in Las Animas County. Learn more at https://www.lasanimascounty.net/ With summer ramping up and people beginning to enjoy our great outdoors we want to remind you that Las Animas County is under Stage 1 Fire restrictions. This is due not only to the potential for high winds, but the moisture content of potential fuels at lower elevations as well as the limited resources available to combat a large-scale fire due to the COVID-19 restrictions. 

 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.