Boy Scouts back at Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch after flash flooding in East Peak burn scar

WALSENBURG, Colo. - About 100 Boy Scouts are back at their southern Colorado camp after being evacuated during a flash flood.

The scouts left the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch on top of a GMC Yukon SUV, in school buses and in sheriff's vehicles before dawn Tuesday after a storm moved through the East Peak Fire burn scar and caused a creek on the property near Walsenburg to rise.

The scouts were taken to a Red Cross shelter in Walsenburg and authorities cleared them to return around midday. Scout executive Michael Stewart says the scouts, most of them from southwestern Kansas, were camping in tents above Bear Creek and weren't in immediate danger.

Scouts there were also forced to evacuate last year after the East Peak Fire erupted nearby. A fire that has made the land more prone to flooding.

A Facebook post dated July 1 showed photos of scouts working to plant new vegetation.

"As of last Friday, we have 170 seedlings planted to help rebuild our new forest!" Shelly Salley Jarrett wrote.

It's not known if the seedlings were damaged in the flash flood.

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