Lincoln National Forest: Cherry Fire Update: July 21, 2020

Cherry Fire Update: July 21, 2020

Location: 0.6 miles west of West Side Rd. in Cherry Canyon. Approx. 7.5 miles from High Rolls.

Date Detected: July 16, 2020

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

Size: 48 acres

Cause: Lightning

Fire Resources: 2 Utility vehicles, 2 Engines, 1 bulldozer; approximately 33 total personnel.

Containment: 20%

Fire Update:  The control lines established around the Cherry Fire continue to hold. The fire is 20% contained and has not spread outside the perimeter control lines established earlier this week by fire crews. The fire size is 48 acres and being held by fire crews along Long Ridge, Alamo Canyon Trail, and West Side Road. An updated fire perimeter map is attached. Crews remain onsite monitoring the blaze, which started on July 16, 2020. Crews may conduct additional firing operations as needed throughout the week. The area is receiving light precipitation currently and there are signs of a possible storm this afternoon. The public is reminded to avoid the area for their safety and to allow fire crews ample room to work.

Smoke: As the rains recede each day the fire may pick up once again. Fuels with high moisture content produce more smoke, therefore smoke will continue to be present today and throughout the week despite the rain. Smoke may be seen from surrounding areas, including Alamogordo, West Side Road, High Rolls, Mountain Park, and from the top of Alamo Peak and Karr Canyon areas.

Weather: Temperatures today are expected to reach 80 degrees, with humidity of 36% and a 50% chance of rain. Winds are 5-6 mph out of the southeast.

More Info: Daily fire updates will be released every other day from here on out, unless there is a significant change. Additional information can be found at or by calling the Lincoln National Forest Google Voice Fire Information Line at 575-208-4402.


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Link to Updated Map of Fire Perimeter: Cherry_8.5x11_20200721

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