Galena Fire near Fort Collins now 45 percent contained

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Calmer weather has allowed crews to gain the upper hand on a wildfire that has scorched between 750 and 1,000 acres west of Fort Collins.

Nick Christensen, spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Department, says strong winds that caused havoc Friday died down Saturday, and many of the residents who were forced to leave the area were allowed to return home. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged.

Christensen says hundreds of phone lines received automated calls ordering evacuations, but he did not have an exact count on how many people were forced from their homes. All evacuation orders were expected to be lifted at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The fire, which The Denver Post reports is 45 percent contained, is burning west of Horsetooth Reservoir.