Windblown grass fire under control in Reservoir Ridge Natural Area in Fort Collins

FT. COLLINS, Colo. - Winds fanned a grass fire in Fort Collins to grow to about five acres before firefighters got it under control Friday afternoon.

The Poudre Fire Department tweeted about the size of the fire at 1:29 p.m. They said it was burning in the Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, which is located on the west side of Fort Collins, just north of Horsetooth Reservoir.

Wind gusts in Fort Collins were measured at approximately 31 mph just a few moments after the announcement from the fire department, according to 7NEWS Meteorologist Kirsten Horne. Read her forecast here.

About thirty minutes later, the department announced they had the fire under control. Crews said they believe the fire was started by an arcing power line.

Photos tweeted by the fire department show the smoke rising from a grassy area at the base of a hill. There are few trees nearby, but the grass is uniformly brown.

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