Galena Fire 85 percent contained, all evacuation notices canceled

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Three days after ballooning to over 1,000 acres, officials are calling the Galena Fire 85 percent contained.

Larimer County Sheriff spokesperson John Schulz says officials estimated the fire spread to 1,348 acres. In spite of the concern over the winds Monday, crews were able to keep it from growing and came closer to full containment.

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.

The blaze erupted Friday near the Lory State Park on the northwest side of Horsetooth Reservoir, and was fueled by high winds. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Friday afternoon when it was apparent the fire was threatening more than 50 homes. Additional evacuation notices were issued for residents south of the fire.

Those evacuations were lifted Saturday night, but all of those residents were still on pre-evacuation notice until Monday night, when those orders were canceled as well.

  • The Galena Fire on March 16, 2013 (Mike Abeyta)
  • Galena Fire flares up at night. March 15, 2013
  • A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
  • A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
  • A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
  • A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)

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