A small wildfire burning near the Mount Herman trailhead west of Monument sent a plume of smoke skyward before it was quickly doused, Monument fire officials said. Forest service crews were still working to ensure the fire was out at 10 a.m. The blaze measured less than a half-acre the agency said Forest Service officials confirmed the location of the blaze, which is on federal land and Monument fire said a quick reaction to the 5 a.m. blaze throttled it while it was “extremely small.” The area near Mount Herman is one of few spots in northern El Paso County that has seen a widespread fire in recent years. Colorado Springs News New emergency funds for El Paso, Teller counties Jakob Rodgers The area is west of the land where the 18,000-acre Black Forest fire burned in 2013 and north of the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire burn scar. The rapid response prevented the fire from grow as the temperatures rise into the high-80s in the Pikes Peak region Thursday. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms could help cut fire danger, the National Weather Service predicts. The smoke from the fire may have exacerbated conditions that have already led to an air quality alert for El Paso County. The Weather Service said high ozone levels in the county could impact those with lung conditions including asthma.