Cherry Road Fire slowing down

35,100 acres, 85% contained
Posted at 1:05 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 06:34:49-04

Fire officials say the Cherry Road Fire had minimal growth Tuesday, leaving it at just 35,100 acres. One structure is threatened, but crews have not yet indicated what kind of structure it may be.

Firefighters made enough progress to get the fire 85% contained and meet the full suppression objectives of the day. The fire has burned in a Greater Sage Grouse Habitat and a wild horse management area; Wild Horse Basin Wilderness Study Area, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and several grazing allotments.

One structure is threatened and Cherry Creek Resort, McCormick Campground and Indian Creek Campground reopened Wednesday at noon.
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place restricting aerial public access. Two helicopters supported burnout operations along the Fisherman’s Road. The public should be reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is against the law.

Tuesday night crews worked to patrol and cool hot spots, this will be their last night on shift. Wednesday, local resources will be released and be available for initial attack at other locations.

285 firefighters, including two helicopters and 29 engines are working the fire. Incident Commander Johnson would like to thank the Bureau of Land Management Type 3 Team, local protection associations, and volunteers for the successful suppression efforts on the Cherry Road Fire.

The fire started Sunday, August 21, cause is under investigation.