DA: No criminal charges in Galena Fire; fire started when person tried to connect electrified fence

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - No criminal charges are being filed in the Galena Fire that burned 1,348 acres in Larimer County last month.

The fire started March 15 near the Lory State Park visitor center and quickly grew because of dry winds and dry conditions. Hundreds of homes near Horsetooth Reservoir were evacuated that day.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department and the Poudre Fire Authority investigated the fire.

They determined a resident in the area was trying to connect an electrified fence, which resulted in a spark. That spark ignited dried grass nearby. 

"The resident attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose and directed a second resident to call 911," officials said.

The office of District Attorney Clifford Riedel said it determined the cause of the fire was an accident and no criminal charges will be filed.