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The 300 fire burned on Monday afternoon along Rampart Range Road northeast of Woodland Park. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

A small fire burning off Rampart Range Road northeast of Woodland Park was 25% contained Tuesday evening, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

The 300 fire, which was reported about 2 p.m. Monday, burned through grass and ponderosa pine, the Forest Service said. The flames spread across 7 acres by 5:50 p.m. and closed Rampart Range Road for several hours.

The blaze — sparked by a campfire — was 10 percent contained by 6:30 p.m. The road re-opened later that night.

Early Tuesday, conditions were "looking good" to battle the fire, said U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Dawn Sanchez. Crews were expected to focus on securing the fire line and mopping up hot spots.

The fire was not threatening any structures, the Forest Service said.

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Ellie is a general assignment reporter. She's a proud Midwesterner, stationery hoarder and Earl Grey tea enthusiast. After interning at The Gazette in 2015, she joined the newspaper's staff in 2016.

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