Neighbors drop everything to pick up buckets and fight Eddy Fire in LaPorte north of Fort Collins

LAPORTE, Colo. - While most of the attention was on a wildfire near Horsetooth Reservoir, neighbors in LaPorte were grabbing buckets and shovels to protect their own properties from the smaller Eddy Fire.

According to Larimer County, that fire began in the area of CR 54, east of Overland Trail near Eddy Lane. The location is immediately south of the Plantorium Greenhouse, they said.

The county said firefighting resources were sent to the area, but 7NEWS Reporter Amanda Kost witnessed residents taking action before the professionals arrived.

"Before we knew it, literally we could see flames on the property," James Brookman said.

There was no time to wait for the firefighters, so neighbors started working with shovels or buckets near the Ole Dern Farm property.

"Getting buckets and stopping this line from coming to our property - pretty much everybody [was] chipping in, doing what we could," said Jesse Reser ,"Because we had seen for two hours all the fire trucks going up to Horsetooth."

The Galena Fire, near Horsetooth Reservoir, started just a few hours before the Eddy Fire. It was originally called the Soldier Canyon Fire.

Both fires were fanned by erratic winds and approached dangerously closed to homes, but no homes had been damaged as of this posting.

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