Galena fire at 95% containment; Fire lines held despite wind

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DENVER — The Galena fire is now about 95 percent contained and didn’t grow Tuesday despite high winds that concerned firefighters.

“The fire held well today staying in its boundary despite Red Flag conditions that existed,” said John Schulz of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

All air resources have been relaxed and firefighters will be released tomorrow, which will bring the amount of people fighting the fire down to about 60.

“More favorable weather conditions have been forecast with less wind, higher humidity and a chance for moisture by the weekend,” Schultz said.

Officials plan to reopen Horsetooth Mountain Park Wednesday. Lory State Park will remain closed while firefighters work on the fire.

The Galena fire started Friday and quickly grew to 1,348 acres in high winds. The fire came close to burning several homes, but firefighters moved quickly to contain it.

About 50 residents were evacuated but have since returned to their homes. Pre-evacuation notices for the area have also been lifted.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is close to being complete, Schulz said. While investigators have determined the fire was human-caused, Schulz said it was not caused by a campfire or a controlled burn.

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