Galena fire now 100% contained; no structures damaged

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DENVER — The Galena fire is now 100 percent contained after burning for five days.

Firefighters credit the higher humidity and decreased winds in helping their efforts to control the fire that burned a total of 1,348 acres.

According to John Schulz with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, at least 60 firefighters continued with mop-up operations Wednesday, and the Poudre Fire Authority is now managing the fire.

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

Four firefighters were injured during the fire. No structures were reported damaged.

The 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 cause of the fire is still under investigation.  It has been determined that it was not caused by a campfire, controlled burn or prescribed burn.

Horsetooth Mountain Park has reopened, however Lory State Park remains closed.

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