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More Information Released About Cause of Galena Fire [VIDEO]

It was reported a couple weeks ago that the 1300-plus-acre Galena Fire, West of Fort Collins, was caused by an accidental spark from an electric fence. Turns out, there's a little more to the story...

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Cause of Galena Fire West of Fort Collins Revealed

Luckily, the Galena Fire is now fully contained, and the cause of the blaze has been discovered.

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Galena Fire West of Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins
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Galena Fire West of Fort Collins 85% Contained

The Galena Fire west of Fort Collins is now 1,348 acres and is now considered to be 85% contained. All pre-evacuation notices have been cancelled, but residents are advised to remain alert for changing conditions.

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Galena Fire West of Fort Collins 75% Contained

The Galena fire west of Horsetooth Reservoir is believed to be 75% contained. The Fire is now estimated at 1348 acres. There has been minimal growth in the fire. The higher estimate is based on better mapping.

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Soldier Canyon Fire
Soldier Canyon Fire view from I-25 around 1:30PM, Beano TSM
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Health Advisory Issued For Larimer County Due To Smoke From Galena Fire Near Horsetooth

If you have a view of the foothills, you've seen the massive amount of smoke coming from the area near Horsetooth Reservoir, just west of Fort Collins.Well, if you live near the foothills, you might want to avoid this beautiful weather and stay inside.

Larimer County has issued this health advisory due to smoke from the Soldier Canyon Fire.

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A New Fire West Of Loveland? But It’s February! (Alexander Mountain Fire)

This afternoon I’ve already gotten a couple calls about people that can see smoke west of Loveland this afternoon. And now the Loveland Reporter-Herald says firefighters are indeed trying to get to an apparent wildfire burning north of Highway 34 near the Big Thompson River.

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Estes Park Fire
View of the smoke from CR-74 (Harmony Rd.), Beano TSM
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Fern Lake Fire Smoke Visible From Fort Collins And Loveland

If you've looked at the mountains at all today, or over the weekend you can see a lot of smoke coming from an area near Estes Park. All of that smoke is from the Fern Lake Fire, which has been burning in Rocky Mountain National Park since October 9th.

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Estes Park Smoke
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Wildfire Buring Near Estes Park In Rocky Mountain National Park (Fern Lake Fire)

A new wildfire is spewing smoke in Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado. According to the Coloradoan, air support was called to help contain the fire this afternoon.

At 6pm, Rocky Mountain National Park tweeted that the fire has grown to over 300 acres and is heading north toward the Ute trail.

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President Obama in Colorado to View Fire Damage Today

Some will claim it is out of the goodness of his heart, others will say he is here to earn votes in a pivotal swing state, and some believe it is part of his duty. No matter how you feel about it, President Barack Obama will be in Colorado Springs for about three hours today to view damage caused by the Waldo Fire and thanks first responders.

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Scott Seibold (@scottseibold), Twitter
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Thousands Evacuate as Waldo Canyon Wildfire Doubles in Size

Those wildfires in Colorado don’t show much sign of abating. In fact, more than 32,000 residents in or near Colorado Springs, the state’s second-largest city, were ordered to evacuate after the Waldo Canyon Fire doubled in size Tuesday night.

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Stuart Hole Fire northwest of Fort Collins
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Stuart Hole Fire Northwest of Fort Collins Still 200 Acres

Thankfully the Stuart Hole Fire northwest of Fort Collins didn't grow much overnight.   At 9:30 this morning, the Larimer County Sheriff's Department reported that the fire is still about 200 acres and is still 0% contained. The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation.  

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