Cherry Canyon Fire Update: May 25

 

 

 

Cherry Canyon & 466 Fire Update: May 25, 2020

 

For Immediate Release | May 25, 2020 

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

  

Acres: 11,818

% Contained: 70%

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

Cause: Lightning (natural)

*As of 7pm 5/25

  

Las Animas County, CO: Weather conditions continued to assist firefighters battling the Cherry Canyon Fire. 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 70% contained. 

 

Due to the increase in containment, several resources were released; 2 Engines and 1 Module remain, in addition to Kim Volunteer Fire Department resources.  Depending on the status of the fire, firefighters will continue to mop-up and patrol through the week. 

 

While there are few structures at risk from this fire, other values, such as grazing land, water, and livestock, are very important in this region. Allowing the fire to continue to burn eliminates feed for cattle, exposes steep slopes to be susceptible to erosion, and causes health concerns from the increased smoke.  As is normal in every wildfire, a risk-benefit analysis is conducted before actions are initiated; from this discussion, it was determined that rather than smoking out communities, removing grazing land for cattle and impacting communities with restrictions on travel/road closures, it is better to suppress the fire. 

 

The Cherry Canyon Fire is being managed by a Type 3 Management Organization including an on-site Incident Commander (IC), IC Trainee and some Command and General staff positions. Additional tasks in support of the fire including finance/administration and public information are being conducted remotely.

 

The 466 fire is 100% contained. Ground and air resources assigned to the 466 fire will return to the Cherry Canyon Fire. 

 

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 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.