Cherry Canyon Fire, courtesy of Colorado Fire Prevention & Control(UPDATED at 11:28 a.m. MDT May 23, 2020)In an update Friday at 5:40 p.m. MDT the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said the lightning-caused Cherry Canyon Fire had burned 9,602 acres. A Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Phil Daniels is assigned.(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Cherry Canyon Fire click here)“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,” the agency said in a news release. “Additionally, [we are] minimizing the potential impacts of COVID-19 through the practice of social distancing, proper personal hygiene, and regular cleaning.”The fire is in southeast Colorado 9 miles northwest of Kim and 58 miles east-northeast of Trinidad. It was reported at 8:28 MDT on Wednesday.Strong winds and difficult access are making fighting the fire difficult.A Red Flag Warning is in effect again for the fire area from noon to 8 p.m. MDT today due to gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels. Vicinity map of the Cherry Canyon Fire in southeast Colorado.Map of the Cherry Canyon Fire showing heat detected by satellites as late as 3:24 a.m. MDT May 23, 2020.Helicopter 58HJ with Cañon Helitack got assigned to the Cherry Canyon Fire near Kim, Colorado shortly after it became available for the fire season. Photo by @getoutgetmovingCherry Canyon Fire, courtesy of Colorado Fire Prevention & ControlCherry Canyon Fire, courtesy of Colorado Fire Prevention & Control
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