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Cherry Fire

Unit Information

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

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Cherry Fire Update September 8, 2019

Cherry Fire Wildfire
News – 9/8/2019

FIRE UPDATE- The 3,487 acre Cherry Fire is located 20 miles Southeast of Jiggs, Nevada and is 95% contained. The fire has shown no growth in nearly a week and fire behavior has been minimal, exhibited as creeping, smoldering and some isolated torching.

Firefighters completed suppression repair yesterday on the northeast portion of the fire perimeter and will work with an excavator on the western perimeter today. Crews are continuing to address interior hot spots with help from helicopter bucket drops. Mop up and suppression repair work will continue today.

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.