Elko, NV., Sept. 4, 2019 – The Cherry Fire, located in White Pine County 50 miles south of Elko, Nevada, is 3,899 acres, a decrease in size due to more accurate mapping. The fire is now 6% contained.

Yesterday, firefighters made good progress on the west flank of the fire perimeter. To the east, the fire was met with lighter fuels and firefighters saw success there as well. Additionally, the decrease in winds was helpful and the fire did not see much progression during the hottest parts of the day.

The Nevada Type 3 Team 1 (Hecht) took over the fire this morning. Today, crews will continue to connect portions of the dozer line with hand line to the bottom of drainages and work to secure more of the fire’s perimeter. Due to forecasted thunderstorms, strong and gusty winds as well as dry lightning post a concern for containment efforts.

Though the specifics of the investigation are still underway, this fire was found to be human caused, serving as an important reminder to practice fire prevention daily. Please remember:

•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.

•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.

No structures have been lost to the Cherry fire and no road closures or evacuations are currently in effect. The fire poses a threat to multiple area ranches, as well as active grazing allotments, sage grouse nesting habitats, and dispersed camping areas. Please avoid the fire area if possible.

For updated information on the Cherry Fire, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6557/