Colorado wildfires: Las Animas County blaze burns across 11,000 acres

Firefighters with air support on Sunday were suppressing a lightning-sparked wildfire in southeastern Colorado that had burned more than 11,087 acres over the past four days.

“It could increase by another 1,000 acres, depending on humidity and winds,” state fire prevention division spokeswoman Caley Fisher said.

Volunteer firefighters came from two local departments and were battling the blaze, called the Cherry Canyon Fire, near cliffs in rugged terrain along the Purgatoire River on private land. It started Wednesday.

“They’ve got helicopters and an air tanker,” Fisher said.

No people or buildings were threatened. But the authorities in Las Animas County aided by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control decided to suppress this wildfire “because it is a fire and we don’t want it to get out of hand,” Fisher said. “We’ve got some pretty severe temperatures and high winds, and we don’t want it to get out of control.”

Fire crews were working to contain the wildfire on the north side of  U.S. Highway 160, east of Las Animas County Road 179 and west of Colorado Highway 109.

A nearby wildfire on about 120 acres northeast of the Cherry Canyon Fire, of unknown origin, was largely contained Sunday afternoon.

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