FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire in the foothills west of Fort Collins is now 100 percent contained.

Larimer County sheriff’s officials said the 1,348-acre Galena Fire was completely contained at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Higher humidity and decreased winds throughout the night and Wednesday helped firefighters with the fire. More favorable conditions have been forecast with fewer winds, higher humidity and a chance for moisture by the weekend.

Crews that had been fighting the fire from the air were released on Tuesday. About 60 firefighters continued mop-up operations on Wednesday and secured the last part of the hand lines.


The fire has damaged numerous pedestrian bridges in Lory State Park. That park and Horsetooth Mountain Park were closed due to the fire, but Horsetooth Mountain Park reopened Wednesday.

The fire prompted evacuations after it broke out Friday, but residents were allowed back home the next day. The fire is believed to have been human-caused.

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 that escaped.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

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