Two grass fires in northern Las Animas County are burning near Kim.
The first is the Cherry Canyon fire, which is 10 miles northwest of Kim. As of Saturday evening, a total of 11,087 acres had been burned. It was 30 % contained.
By Sunday the fire was 50 % contained thanks to cooler temperatures and light rain, according to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control.
The cause of the Cherry Canyon fire was lightning. It started on May 19.
The Cherry Canyon fire continues to burn in remote locations with steep canyons and cliffs in the region. Saturday brought low to moderate activity with steady winds. A late afternoon wind gust caused the fire to move east toward County Road 195.8. Two single engine air tankers and a large air tanker were utilized to contain this spot. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the fire had not crossed CR 195.8. Firefighters will continue to work in this area for the next few days.
The southern portion of the fire is only burning internally and has not advanced since Wednesday.
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