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UPDATE: Cherry Road fire grows to 31,000 acres; nearby campgrounds closed

Crews are now working to secure the northern edge
Posted at 4:49 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 19:13:42-04

Vale, Ore. – The Cherry Road Fire, being fought by the the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has now grown to an estimated 31,200 acres.

The fire is burning in brush and grass approximately 16 miles west of Homedale, Idaho, just two miles east of the Owyhee Reservoir.

Succor Creek State Park is currently under threat and campgrounds at Lake Owyhee State Park are closed until further notice.

The Cherry Road Fire, reported at around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, was originally estimated to be approximately 3,500 acres in size.

A type two response team is on the way and an incident command post will be set up in Homedale according to the Vale District BLM.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity was expected to help firefighting efforts but it has continued to spread rapidly.

Crews dropped 50,000 gallons of retardant on the fire Sunday, and they plan to drop even more than that Monday.

There are 16 single engine air tankers and 3 dozen helicopters currently responding. A type 2 incident command team will be taking control of the fire Monday evening.

The Jordan Valley Rangeland Fire Protection Association and Malhuer County Fire are responding.