East Peak (CO) Fire Grows to 1,000 Acres and Forces Evacuations

06/20/2013
A wildfire burning in southern Colorado has forced widespread evacuations, including 178 Boy Scouts who were camping in the mountains, reports The Denver Post. Evacuation and pre-evacuation orders for the East Peak fire now extend for dozens of miles and the fire is threatening to make a run toward Interstate 25. The scouts, and close to 100 leaders, staff members and camp employees, all made it out safely after an alert scout at a flag ceremony spotted smoke in the distance -- the East Peak fire. The scout told leaders who sent a staff member up a trail to get a better look, said Michael Stewart, executive director of the Santa Fe Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America. The staffer who...

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