More Wind in the Galena Wildfire Area

By , AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
March 17, 2013; 1:45 PM
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Play video Residents should aware of the possible changing conditions of the Galena wildfire. Gusty winds continue Sunday.

Winds that helped fuel a wildfire in Fort Collins, Colorado, may pose more problems to firefighters today.

According to denverpost.com, firefighters had contained 45 percent of the blaze Saturday afternoon. Homeowners that were told to evacuate were returning to their homes Saturday at 8 p.m. However, residents should be aware and prepared to evacuate if the fire changes path.

Wind gusts on Friday in the Fort Collins area were around 30 mph. After a relative lull in the winds on Saturday, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski is concerned for the return of strong, gusty winds this afternoon.

"Northwest winds of 20 to 35 mph will howl this afternoon with gusts to around 50 mph," Pydynowski stated.

So far this year, Colorado has experienced droughtlike conditions, and AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said, it looks like it might stay that way into spring and summer.

"The threat for wildfires will continue into spring and summer due to little rainfall and dry conditions," he said.

Aside from a passing shower today, the next chance for rain will potentially come on Wednesday night and into Thursday.

As a storm system moved out of the Rockies and into the Plains, it could have provided strong wind gusts that could have contributed to the spread of the Galena wildfire.

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