Galena fire near Horsetooth Reservoir now 95 percent contained

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Galena Fire, which began Friday, is now 95 percent contained. The size of the fire has not grown and remains at 1348 acres, according to Larimer County spokesman John Schulz.

The fire held within its boundaries today, despite the red flag conditions.

Schulz said firefighters spent the day securing and mopping up the current hand lines.

The helicopter that was assisting in the work was released and more firefighters will also be released Wednesday. After they depart, the crew fighting the fire will be down to about 60 firefighters.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Larimer County Emergency Services spokesman Tony Simons was able to rule out some possible causes. He said it was not caused by a campfire or a prescribed burn. There are indications the fire was caused by humans, however.

At its height, the fire forced hundreds of residents from their homes Friday.  Evacuees were allowed to return Saturday night. Pre-evacuation notices remained in effect until Monday night, because of concerns about the wind.


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