Fire Near Mt. Herman Human-Caused

Authorities say a fire that started near Mt. Herman Wednesday was human-caused.

A plume of smoke west of Monument was an alarming sight late Wednesday morning, on a day 11 News meteorologists had already warned would be a Red Flag day.

Several agencies responded, including El Paso County Wildland, Tri-Lakes, Palmer Lake and Donald Wescott firefighters. The Forest Service was the lead command.

The fire, which was less than half an acre, was contained in under an hour. Authorities have not said exactly how the fire started, but told 11 News the Mt. Herman area is popular with hikers, and a lot of people do camp there overnight.