Vehicle sparks grass fire on Highway 287, in Livermore area, north of Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A grass fire that was burning near Highway 287, north of Fort Collins in the Livermore area, has now been extinguished.

The fire was sparked by a vehicle fire and was first reported around 10 a.m., said Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Schulz.

Firefighters from Livermore Fire, Poudre Fire Authority and Larimer Emergency services quickly responded to the scene.

The fire was contained to 4 acres, Poudre Fire said.

The highway was closed briefly but was reopened around 11:15 a.m., after the fire was extinguished.

A Red Flag Warning for Larimer County has been extended through 6 p.m. High winds, low humidity and high temperatures are increasing the fire danger for the day.

Officials with Rocky Mountain National Park said because of the hot, dry and windy conditions, residents can expect to see smoke over the Big Meadows Fire area today from both sides of the park. 

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