Wildfire forces evacuation of 300 at YMCA camp | SummitDaily.com

Wildfire forces evacuation of 300 at YMCA camp

GRANBY ” A wildfire spread through trees quickly in hot, dry weather Monday forcing the evacuation of 300 campers and counselors at a YMCA camp and prompting officials to warn residents in 118 homes to be ready to leave.

At least six fire departments were trying to contain the fire, which grew to 300 acres, said Michelle Spade, spokeswoman with the Grand County sheriff’s office.

It was estimated 300 acres and at times moved from vegetation on the ground into the trees, making it more difficult to fight, Spade said.

YMCA spokeswoman Kellen Schaffer said the campers and counselors at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch were evacuated to Granby Middle School as a precaution. She said the fire had crept onto the 5,100 acre property but wasn’t threatening any buildings.

Several staff members remained in a central location at the camp.

The fire was burning south of Granby, which is about 60 miles northwest of Denver.

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