Camp evacuates as wildfire burns south of Rangely

RANGELY — Sheriff’s officials say a wind-driven wildfire south of Rangely has prompted the evacuation of a youth camp as a precaution.

Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos says about 40 kids and half a dozen adults were asked to leave Wednesday afternoon. He says the camp is in no immediate danger but was evacuated due to high winds. No other evacuations were immediately ordered.

The Bureau of Land Management says smokejumpers were called to the scene but were grounded by high winds.

The agency says oil and gas facilities in the area have been shut down.

The BLM says the fire was estimated at roughly one square mile Wednesday night.



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