Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District – New Fire Start- Cherry Fire

Incident Name – Cherry Fire

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Size: 0.5 acres

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Detected: July 16, 2020 @ 11:40 am

Location: Approximately .6 miles west of West Side Road in Cherry Canyon. Approximately 7.5 miles from High Rolls, NM.

Lat/Long: 32°50’32.1″N, 105°49’54.49″W

Firefighting Resources: Lincoln National Forest fire personnel are on scene

Fuel Type:  Ponderosa Pine

Values at Risk: None

Fire Update: Firefighters immediately responded to a smoke report off West Side Road this afternoon. Upon arrival, they discovered a 0.5-acre fire burning approximately 0.6 west of West Side Road in Cherry Canyon. The fire, which is about 7.5 miles from High Rolls, NM, is burning in mostly ponderosa pine. So far this has been a low-intensity fire that is smoldering and consuming branches, logs, and pine needles on the forest floor. Weather often dictates how a fire will spread. Temperatures are in the mid-80s with winds of only 1-2 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of rain today, which will increase to a 50-60 percent chance of rain by the weekend. Crews remain on the scene and are currently assessing the fire to determine the best tactics to contain the fire.

Smoke may be seen from High Rolls, Mountain Park, and from the Alamo Peak area.

Please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page for information on protecting your health during on smoky days:  https://nmtracking.org/fire.

PIO: Laura Rabon, 505-681-2837; laura.rabon@usda.gov

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