Black Forest Fire: Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Camp, JCC Camp evacuated as precautionary measure

1,200+ people evacuated

ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. - Two camps in Elbert County have been evacuated over concerns that the Black Forest Fire may spread.

The Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch and the JCC Camp were told to evacuate as a precautionary measure by the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management.

"Due to the size of Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch and with nearly 1,000 youth and adult leaders on the property for normal summer camp operations, the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management is taking precautionary measures and evacuating the camp early," the the Denver Area Council said in a news release.

Scouts will be taken on school buses to the Kiowa fairgrounds located in Kiowa, at 95 Ute Ave.

There are no immediate plans for returning to the Boy Scout Ranch so parents are instructed to come to the Elbert County Fairgrounds for reunification with their children. Please bring your identification with you for release.  The Elbert County Fairgrounds is providing shelter for the approximately 200 out of state Scouts with food, water, cots and blankets.

Parents should call their unit leader directly to work out pick-up arrangements. Parents can also call 303-621-3152 for more information. The phone will be manned until midnight..

The 250 campers and staff from the JCC Ranch Camp were taken to the Robert E Loup Jewish Community Denver. 

"At this time, we plan to continue running camp from the JCC," officials said on the JCC Camp website.

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