North Routt fire contained

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A wildfire burning two miles northwest of Big Red Park in the Routt National Forest was completely contained Friday.

The Quad Fire, which was sparked by lightning earlier in the week, burned 6.6 acres before it was contained, said Diann Ritschard, fire information officer for the Routt National Forest.

Rain in the area helped suppress the fire, Ritschard said.

Meanwhile, crews responded to six newer lightning-sparked fires in Northwest Colorado, quickly containing all of them. Recent moisture was helpful, Ritschard said. One fire in Dinosaur National Monument was contained at about 19 acres Friday.

Crews also are monitoring the Little Bear Fire, which is less than one-tenth of an acre near Vaughn Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness. When lightning sparked the fire late last week, officials followed fire plans to let the fire clean up old forest in a predetermined area, Ritschard said.

The Quad Fire was burning near the Middle Fork of the Little Snake River. The Yampa Valley firefighting crew and the Craig Hotshots worked with a helicopter and other equipment from Wednesday through Friday morning.

The 20-person Yampa Valley firefighting crew remained for the "fire mop-up," in which they check the area thoroughly to be sure the blaze is extinguished.

"So far, it's the biggest one we've had on the Routt National Forest this year," Ritschard said.

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