Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cracker Fire in Cherry Creek

Cracker Fire: 
At approximately 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Fort Lewis Mesa Fire was called to smoke in the area of the 8000 block of County Road 105, Cherry Creek. A 1/4 acre fire was located in Flat Canyon west of Cherry Creek. Within an hour and a half it had grown to over 3 acres. The fire is burning in steep terrain on private land surrounded by BLM and State property. Several ground crews worked on building line on accessible portions of the fire while one light helicopter dropped water and 2 SEAT aircraft dumped retardant over the steeper areas. by the close of operations at 9:30 this evening the fire had grown to approximately 6 acres. 
Efforts will be suspended for the night as calm winds and higher humidity hold the fire down. 
Several hand crews and one light helicopter will work the fire all day tomorrow. A medium helicopter is scheduled to support the efforts for the morning hours. 
No homes are threatened at this time. 

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