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Cherry Fire

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431

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Cherry Fire Update: September 6

Cherry Fire Wildfire
News – 9/6/2019

FIRE UPDATE- The Cherry Fire is burning in White Pine County, 20 miles Southeast of Jiggs, Nevada and recent mapping flights confirm acreage at 3,499 acres. Progress was made along the western perimeter, with a combination of hand line and dozer line helping to bring the total containment estimate to 45%. The fire has seen no growth since end of shift on the 3rd, and firefighters have observed minimal fire behavior, exhibited as isolated torching, creeping, and smoldering.

Another infrared mapping flight will occur today and will help firefighters identify areas of heat closest to the perimeter as they work toward full containment. An excavator has been ordered and is expected to arrive midday to facilitate rehabilitation efforts on portions of the perimeter. Firefighters’ efforts will remain focused on keeping the fire within established control lines and enhancing line security to prevent fire growth.

No structures have been lost, and a thorough search by air and ground resources has turned up no evidence of lost livestock. No road closures or evacuations are currently in effect. The fire poses a threat to multiple area ranches, as well as active grazing allotments, sage grouse nesting habitats, critical winter mule deer habitat, and dispersed camping areas. Please avoid the fire area if possible.

Fire Investigators have determined the fire was caused by chainsaw use while woodcutting. The public is encouraged to continue fire prevention practices daily.

  • Spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline powered equipment. This includes tractors, harvesters, chainsaws, weed-eaters and mowers. Use the recommended fuel grade and don’t top it off.
  • Mow before 10 a.m. but never when it is windy or excessively dry. Metal blades can create sparks when striking rocks and start a fire.
  • When using equipment, keep a shovel and fire extinguisher close.
  • Don’t park your vehicle in dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start a fire.
  • Practice safe towing, as dragging chains throw sparks. Use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains.
  • Properly maintain vehicle brakes.

The Incident Management Team offers thanks to the Bald Mountain Mine for their continued support of firefighting efforts.