Tyler Boy Scout group evacuated due to Colo. wildfires

Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:15 - Written by





A group of East Texas Boy Scouts has fled fires raging in Colorado and will be back in Tyler on Friday, an executive with that organization said today.

Troop 369 members were evacuated Wednesday from Walsenburg, Colo., as wildfires threatened, Greg Leitch, assistant scout executive of Boy Scouts of America East Texas Area Council, said in an e-mail.

The 41 Scouts and five Scout leaders were evacuated to a Red Cross Shelter at Walsenburg High School before fire reached their campground at Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch. No one was injured.

“They are all safe. The charter busses are lined up and will be back home tomorrow,” said the Rev. Stephanie Scott, associated pastor at Pollard United Methodist Church of Tyler.

The trip was part of a summer camp programs for the local Scouts.

“The entire East Texas Area Council Scouting family is glad that our Scouts and leaders are safe and will be returning home later this week,” Leitch said. “Let me again stress that all Scouts and leaders are safe, parents have been notified, and we are looking forward for their return to Tyler.”

Scout officials said a troop leader’s vehicle and camping equipment were left behind and presumed lost to fire.