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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 7, 2019

Cherry Fire Wildfire
News – 9/7/2019

FIRE UPDATE- The 3,499 acre Cherry Fire is located 20 miles Southeast of Jiggs, Nevada, and is now 80% contained. The fire has shown no growth since the end of shift on September 3rd. Fire behavior has been minimal, exhibited as creeping, smoldering, and some isolated torching.

Firefighters continued work securing the perimeter and are coordinating with resource advisors to create suppression repair plans. An excavator arrived yesterday and will start repair work this morning. Cherry Fire ground and air resources also assisted the local district on initial attack of the nearby Woods Fire.

No structures have been lost and a thorough search by air and ground resources have turned up no evidence of lost livestock as a result of the fire.

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.
  • Try to 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.

For updated information on the Cherry Fire, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6557/