Cherry Canyon Fire Update: May 23

Cherry Canyon Fire in Kim, CO

 

For Immediate Release

Date: May 23, 2020 

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

  

Acres: 9,602

% Contained: 0

Location: 10 miles NW of Kim, CO

Cause: Lightning

 

*As of 5:40pm May 22, 2020

 

Las Animas County, CO: On May 20, 2020 at approximately 8:30am, a small fire broke out 10 miles NorthWest of the town of Kim, Colorado. Due to the unreasonably warm and dry weather in combination with 40mph winds, the fire made a 6000+ acre run increasing the fire to 9,602 as of Friday evening. 4 isolated structures are threatened. Access is difficult as the fire is located in a remote location with steep canyons and cliffs. 

 

Las Animas County Emergency Management, Kim Volunteer Fire Department, Fowler Volunteer Fire Department, 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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

In addition to the work on the Cherry Canyon Fire, aircraft and firefighters from DFPC are assisting Kim VFD on another new start called the “466 Fire.”  This fire is located 15 miles NE of the Cherry Canyon Fire and is approximately 2 acres in size.  

 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 

 

 

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