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Last Updated: Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fort Collins Wildfire: Live updates on Galena Fire


Wildfire began yesterday west of Fort Collins. Wildfire last year in the same area killed one person and burned 259 homes. Below are the updates on current Galena wildfire.

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Update 23:00 UTC
-Galena fire is now 45% contained. Luckily no structures have been damaged and no injuries reported.
-All evacuations orders will be lifted at 02:00 UTC tomorrow (March 17, 2013).
-The Galena Fire Information Center will remain open until 24:00 UTC.
-Lory State Park, Horsetooth Mountain Park, Inlet Bay and South Bay still remain closed.
-The evacuation center at Cache le Poudre school has now been closed.

Update 18:30 UTC
-Wind speed tomorrow (March 17) is forecast to be 5 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
-A firefighting helicopter has joined the Galena fire.

Update 16:00 UTC
-The Galena Fire is estimated around 1,000 acres.
-Red Cross is currently on the spot assisting the evacuees.
-South Bay, Inlet Bay, Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Park are closed.

Update 05:10 UTC
-Evacuation center has been set up at Cache la Poudre Middle School, Colorado.
-Horsetooth Mountain Park is closed.

Update 04:45 UTC
@CBS4Mark Long exposure I took of the #GalenaFire burning tonight.

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Update 03:45 UTC
-Galena fire has burned about 1,000 acres. It is now 5 percent contained.
-Evacuation orders have been issued for south and west of Horsetooth Reservoir.

Update 03:30 UTC
This wildfire was previously named as the Soldier Canyon Fire; now as the Galena Fire.

Wildfire in northern Colorado has burned more than than 800 acres. The fire began yesterday west of Fort Collins. Wildfire last year in the same area killed one person and burned 259 homes. 2012 Colorado wildfires led to declaration of a federal disaster.

Photo: A wildfire (Galena fire) out of control at Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 15, 2013

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