A small fire that ignited three miles north of Hermosa in the San Juan National Forest has been contained.
The lightning-caused wildfire burned 1.5 acres in steep terrain - downsized from the 3 acres estimated Monday by the San Juan Public Lands Center.
A ground crew of 14 firefighters was working on mop up - or putting out hot spots - within the contained areas.
A helicopter was used to deliver supplies and make bucket drops on the fire Tuesday. The wildfire is believed to have started Monday in an area the Forest Service has identified as appropriate for full suppression.
"The fire is burning on very steep slopes in an area with high fuel loads near a campground and other structures," said Matt Jonawiak, acting district ranger for the Columbine District, in the release. "For these reasons, it was an unacceptable risk to let it continue to burn under a monitoring strategy."
The north Animas Valley may experience smoke inversions through this morning, according to the release. A prediction for full control had not been made as of Tuesday evening.