UPDATE: Cherrywood Fire in Nevada National Security Site burning near radiological material, no risk to public

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Courtesy: Nevada National Security Site/Twitter

NYE COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) — The Cherrywood Fire burning in the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) is now in an area that contains “remnant of radiological material from a Cold War era test.” This is according to a Facebook post from the site.

The fire entered that part of the site Saturday evening. NNSS has completed air sampling, as well as radiological surveys on vehicles, equipment, personnel and aircraft. They say results yielded “naturally occurring radiation at background levels.” The site stresses there is no risk to health and human safety or the public.

Air and ground operations to combat the fire continue.

** Original Story **

NYE COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) — The Cherrywood Fire has burned an estimated 1,700-2,200 acres in the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). It’s located in the northern corner of the site, according to a tweet from NNSS.

Containment is currently at 30%.

The Bureau of Land Management says the fire was discovered around 4:59 p.m. on Monday. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

8 News Now viewer Martin Diamond sent us a photo of a massive smoke plume seen east of Amargosa Valley.

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