FORT COLLINS - Firefighters on Monday morning quickly controlled a fast-moving grass fire burning in southwest Fort Collins open space.
The fire broke out on the south side of the pedestrian trail through the Cathy Fromme Natural Area and burned several acres of grass before Poudre Fire Authority firefighters controlled it. Taft Hill Road was temporarily closed to traffic between Harmony and Trilby roads due to the firefight. It was reopened shortly before 11:30 a.m.
The fire sent up a thick column of white smoke for about 15 minutes as it burned through a grassy area. Firefighters controlled the blaze with hoses and other equipment after responding to the fire shortly after 10 a.m.
The fire burned south of many large homes near Taft Hill Road, but never directly threatened them, as high winds quickly pushed it south.
The fire's cause remains under investigation.
The small fire came on the heels of firefighters' weekend battle with the Galena Fire, which has burned an estimated 1,348 acres, mostly in nearby Lory State Park, and led to the temporary evacuation of hundreds of homes in the area of Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins. Larimer County emergency officials said Monday morning that the Galena Fire is 75 percent contained, with 130 firefighters working Monday to secure fire lines and perform mop-up work.
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