New grass fire flares up, quickly contained near Fort Collins

Posted on: 10:41 am, March 18, 2013, by , updated on: 11:04am, March 18, 2013

Fire crews battle a grass fire that began on March 18, 2013, just southwest of Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Trevor Hughes)

Fire crews battle a grass fire that began on March 18, 2013, just southwest of Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Trevor Hughes)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — As one fire appeared to be in the cool down phases, another grass fire near Fort Collins was just heating up.

According to the Coloradoan, Poudre Fire Authority firefighters were diverted from the Galena Fire to battle a small grass fire that broke out southwest of Fort Collins shortly after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The fire was burning near the Larimer County Landfill. It’s about 10 miles southeast of the Galena Fire, which had burned over 1,300 acres near Lory State Park Monday after beginning on Friday.

The Poudre Fire Authority said their crews had the fire 100 percent contained as of 10:45 a.m. While the fire was burning south of several large homes, crews said it never directly threatened the structures as the winds blew the blaze in the opposite direction.

The Galena Fire, on the other hand, was not completely contained as of Monday morning, which crews reporting 75 percent containment. While crews believe that containment levels should rise over the course of the day, they said strong winds in the area could make battling the fire difficult.