Fire fighters have been battling a fire in eastern Las Animas County that started with a lightning strike on Tuesday, May 19. By late Wednesday the Cherry Canyon Fire had burned 80-100 acres.
“It is burning deep in the canyon and is being monitored by Kim Fire with assistance from (Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control), Branson Fire Department and other fire crews from other counties providing mutual aid,” said Las Animas County Emergency Manager Kim Chavez.
Chavez said no containment was known currently. It is the second major fire in the county in as many days. A Fire Weather Watch was issued for the county for Thursday through Friday, with winds expected to be in the 15-25 mph range and gusts up to 30.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality health advisory due to smoke in the area.
Chronicle-News reader Jim Dougherty reported the fire has been made worse due to high winds and structures could be threatened. “It is very close to Kim a couple miles, or so, up (State Hwy. 109) in the canyon. We need to put this out. I can see this from my house.”
Las Animas County Emergency Management did not give an update of the fire Thursday.