100 Boy Scouts evacuated from Huerfano County ranch after flash flood

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HUERFANO COUNTY, Colo. — One-hundred Boy Scouts were evacuated Tuesday morning because of flash flooding, Huerfano County Emergency Services said on Twitter.

The evacuees were taken from the Spanish Peaks Boy Scout Ranch on Bear Creek Road to the Walsenburg Community Center, where the Pikes Peak Red Cross has opened an evacuation center.

According to the Boy Scouts of America Santa Fe Trail Council, the ranch is a camp and high-adventure base camp that borders the Spanish Peaks Wilderness that is at 8,500 feet.The council adds the camp offers numerous backpacking treks from moderate to strenuous.

In June 2013, the ranch was evacuated because of the East Peak Fire. There were no injuries, but the ranch was closed for 12 days, the Santa Fe Trail Council said. Up to 75 percent of the camp’s trees burned, as well as several buildings. There were plumbing and electrical wiring problems in other buildings.

Recovery efforts were made in the past year by volunteers to get the ranch open in time for summer camp this year.

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