Crews move to mop-up phase of Cherry Canyon Fire in SE Colorado

Cherry Canyon Fire near Kim_Otero County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 11:26 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 13:27:04-04

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, Colo. – Crews moved to the mop-up phase of the 11,000-acre Cherry Canyon Fire in southeast Colorado Tuesday evening more than a week after it sparked.

The area near Kim, Colo., saw rain, increased humidity and cooler temperatures Monday into Tuesday which minimized fire growth and allowed fire crews to start releasing resources from the fire.

The fire reached 80% containment by Tuesday evening and was 11,818 acres in size. Starting Wednesday, the Type 3 management team will transition to a type 4 team, then back to the Kim Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, the state Division of Fire Prevention and Control said.

“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!” the DFPC said in a release.

The nearby 466 Fire was fully contained on Monday.

Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect in Las Animas County.