Humidity helps fight fire near Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS Larimer County officials say higher humidity and rain and snow have helped firefighters efforts to contain a wildfire that has scorched up to 1,000 acres in the foothills west of Fort Collins.

The sheriffs office says that gusty winds were an issue Saturday, but the wet weather prevented the fire from growing much Sunday. No injuries or damage have been reported.

Officials say they are mapping the fire, and expect the size will likely be larger than previously reported.

At its height, the fire forced hundreds of residents from their homes Friday. Evacuees were allowed to return Saturday night, but were told to be prepared to leave again.

It is burning west of Horsetooth Reservoir, near the site of a large wildfire last summer that burned 259 homes and killed one person.