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Galena Fire Evening Update 3/18/13

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Department: Sheriff
Release Date: Mar 18, 2013

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Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer

The approximately 1348 acre Galena Fire is now considered to be 85% contained. All pre-evacuation notices have been cancelled but residents are advised to remain alert for changing conditions.

Both Type 2 helicopters flew this morning but were grounded this afternoon due to the winds. One of the helicopters has been released and the other one will continue to work the fire tomorrow, weather permitting. Winds are expected again tomorrow.

The 130 firefighters were able to complete the hand line on the western perimeter today as well as securing other lines. Five miles of hand lines have been completed. Some mop-up operations were started today.
 
The investigation into the cause of the fire is close to being complete. The fire has been determined to be human caused but was NOT a result of a campfire, a controlled burn or a prescribed burn that escaped. Details will be made available as soon as the investigation is complete.
 
No structures have been destroyed. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries due to the steep terrain over the weekend. Both were treated and released from a local hospital. There were no injuries reported today.
 
Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Park both remained closed on Monday due to the fire.
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