No charges will be filed against resident who sparked Galena Fire

Galena Fire

A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
A fire was sparked near the entrance of Lory Park in Larimer County on March 15, 2013. Smoke was visible from Fort Collins. (Photo: Twitter / Jason Speciner)
The south side of the fire. The fire came close to several homes but so far no damage seen from SkyFox.
The middle section of the fire.
The north side of the fire is less active.
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The fire is mostly burning grass, but is creeping near some trees.
Smoke can be seen from Fort Collins.
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A view of the fire from Horsetooth Reservoir.
Tree being consumed with flames.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — On Wednesday, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and the Poudre Fire Authority announced the conclusion of their investigation into the Galena Fire, which burned a total of 1,348 acres over the course of five days last month.

Investigators confirmed earlier reports that the fire was human caused, but said no charges will be field against the individual responsible for sparking it.

According to investigators, a resident near the Horsetooth Reservoir was attempting to make an electrical connection as part of an electrified fence on March 15, when a spark ignited dry grass.

“The spark was accidental,” investigators wrote in a press release issued Wednesday. “The resident attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose and directed a second resident to call 911.

“At present, no evidence has been presented to our office which would support criminal charges for knowingly or recklessly starting or maintaining a fire. “

The fire burned for five days and caused approximately 50 temporary evacuations near Lory State Park just west of Fort Collins.