Boy Scout ranch, residents evacuated from East Peak Fire near Walsenburg

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HUERFANO COUNTY, Colo. — A new wildfire in Huerfano County forced the evacuation of a Boy Scout ranch as well as residents because of the rapidly growing East Peak Fire.

About 350 acres had burned with no containment early Thursday.

The fire started about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and quickly grew. Leaping flames were still visible from the fire well after nightfall on East Spanish Peak.

About 180 people spent Wednesday night at a Red Cross evacuation center at John Mall High School, the relief group reported. At least 154 of those were people affiliated with the Boy Scouts.

A type II incident command team was ordered, along with air support, according to Huerfano County officials.

Mandatory evacuations include the following roads in Huerfano County:

County Roads 310, 317.1, 317, 312, 314, 313, 315.1, 315, 316, 332, 331, 331.2, 340, 340.1, 345, 344.