Cherry Canyon Final Update: May 26, 2020

For Immediate Release | May 26, 2020 

Contact: Caley Fisher | Public Information Officer | 720-391-1565 |


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Acres: 11,818

% Contained: 80%

Location (approximate): 10 miles NW of Kim, CO

Cause: Lightning (natural)


Las Animas County, CO:  Overnight the fire received precipitation and hail, experienced cooler temperatures and saw increased humidity. Firefighters experienced limited activity today and will continue mop-up activities for the next few days. The fire is currently 11,818 acres and 80% containment. 


Due to the increase in containment, additional resources were released today. Beginning Wednesday morning, the Type 3 Management organization will transition management to a Type 4 and finally back to Kim Volunteer Fire Department on Friday. This will be the last update from the Type 3 team. 


Thank you: Firefighters, Command and General Staff want to thank the town of Kim and the surrounding community for their support.Your contributions and support means a great deal to us!


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 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.