Cherry Fire near High Rolls, NM now at 48 acres, 20% contained


Final Update July 23, 2020

White smoke rises from the bottom of the forest floor as wet fuels burn in the Sacramento Mountains on the Cherry Fire. (image courtesy Lincoln National Forest/Forest Service)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – A wildfire began burning west of the west side road in Cherry Canyon in the Lincoln National Forest Thursday, July 16. The Cherry Fire is about 7.5 miles from High Rolls, New Mexico, and is burning mostly ponderosa pine.

  • Start Date: July 16, 2020 | Final Update July 23, 2020
  • Location: Approximately .6 miles west of West Side Road in Cherry Canyon and 7.5 miles from High Rolls, New Mexico
  • Containment: 20%
  • Size: 48 acres
  • Structures Threatened: None
  • Structures Burned: None
  • Evacuations: No
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Total Personnel: 35
  • Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Pińon-Juniper, Oak Brush

Fire officials report crews have completed firing operations on the West Side Road that helped to contain the fire on the southern, eastern, and northern flanks. On Monday, July 20, crews will continue to monitor fire activity and will work to complete fire lines on the northwestern side.

No structures are at risk from this fire which is within the Westside Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Project area and was scheduled to be thinned and prescribed burned in the future in order to restore watershed health. Lincoln National Forest Officials report the watershed provides clean drinking water to Alamogordo.

Smoke from the Cherry Fire may be seen from West Side Road, High Rolls, Mountain Park, and from the Alamo Peak and Karr Canyon area.

Map of Cherry fire, July 21, 2020. Courtesy Lincoln National Forest/Forest Service.

Map of 2020 Wildfires in New Mexico

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