A wildfire that scorched 11,818 acres in southeastern Colorado over the past week is mostly contained thanks to rain and cooler weather.
The Cherry Canyon Fire in Las Animas County was 80% contained Tuesday night, according to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Lightning sparked the fire on May 20 in canyonlands about 10 miles northwest of the town of Kim.
A spat of rain and hail as well as cooler temperatures Monday night helped firefighters control the fire, according to a news release from the division. Fire crews started to leave the blaze Tuesday and state authorities plan to turn management of the fire back over to the Kim Volunteer Fire Department by Friday, according to the news release.
The county remains under a fire ban, like many other Colorado counties. State fire authorities hope broad fire bans will limit the number of wildfires this season while resources to fight them are limited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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