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Raspberry Mountain Fire contained, was human-caused

Published On: Mar 26 2014 12:47:15 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2014 09:47:51 PM CDT

Wednesday fire on dry, windy day raises neighbors' concern about fire danger.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

Investigators said a small brush fire that sparked just west of Monument on Wednesday was human-caused. It's unknown whether the fire was set on purpose or started accidentally.

The Raspberry Mountain Fire burned less than half an acre along Red Rocks Drive near the intersection of Mt. Herman Road.  No structures were damaged and there was no need to evacuate nearby homes.

The fire was located on U.S. Forest Service land in a recreational area where fires are allowed, said spokeswoman Dawn Sanchez.

"It's not unusual to find people who have camped overnight and had a lunch-warming fire type of thing," she said."

Wednesday's dry, windy weather raised concern about the fire danger.

"It could have been someone with a cigarette," she said.  "Someone just being foolish.  That would be a shame if people were that out of touch with the dangers around here."

The Forest Service, Tri-Lakes Fire, Palmer Lake Fire, Donald Wescott Fire and the El Paso County Wildland Fire Crew responded to the fire after it was reported around 11:15 a.m.

The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation by the Forest Service.

The Forest Service asks anyone with information about the fire to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office because the Forest Service doesn't have the staff to answer calls 24 hours a day.

The Sheriff's Office number is 719-390-5555.

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