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Wildfire west of Monument contained

March 26, 2014 Updated: March 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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photo - A fire burned west of Monument on Wednesday. (Via Twitter, @PeakingFox and KOAA, pic.twitter.com/3O24CXLVmF)
A fire burned west of Monument on Wednesday. (Via Twitter, @PeakingFox and KOAA, pic.twitter.com/3O24CXLVmF) 

The El Paso County Wildland Fire Crew, Tri Lakes Fire and Palmer Lake Fire have contained a wildfire burning west of Monument off Mt. Herman Road and Red Rocks Drive.

According to scanner traffic, the fire was on National Forest Service land and covered about half-an-acre in size.

The blaze was reported about 11:30 a.m. and according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, it was contained by noon.

A red flag warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, as the National Weather Service warned that gusty winds and low humidity will ripen conditions for extreme fire weather in El Paso and Fremont counties, as well as most of southern Colorado.

Wind gusts up to 35 mph, along with relative humidity readings as low as 12 percent and temperatures possibly climbing up to 70 degrees in the southern part of the state, could make any fire spread quickly, according to the weather service.

Check www.gazette.com for updates.

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