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

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 went to get a better look radioed back down to the camp with a warning.

"He got to a point where he could visibly see flames and he thought this thing is moving quick," Stewart said.

"Twenty minutes later, we were all evacuated out," Stewart said. "Whatever you had in your pockets, that's all you were allowed to leave with."

On Thursday afternoon the fire had grown to 1,000 acres and is zero percent contained, according to the Huerfano County Office of Emergency Management.

The fire, pushed by strong winds, is running to the east and southeast, officials said.

No structures have been confirmed to be lost.

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