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Less Wind to Fuel Galena Wildfire

Winds that helped fuel a wildfire in Fort Collins, Colorado should die down on Sunday.

According to denverpost.com, the wildfire is still at five percent containment, Saturday. Homeowners that were told to evacuate will be able to return 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. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said that Sunday, the Fort Collins area can expect less windy conditions with wind gusts between 10 to 20 mph and temperatures 10 to 20 degrees cooler.

So far this year, Colorado has experienced droughtlike conditions, and 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 possible lingering shower on Sunday, 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.