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Seeley Fire forces evacuations of Scofield and 300 Scouts

By Dave Newlin | Posted - Jun. 27, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.


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SCOFIELD - A fire that is thought to have been started by lightning Tuesday has now forced the evacuation of the town of Scofield, as well as a nearby Scout camp where 300 Scouts were camping Wednesday morning.

It has burned about 19,000 acres.

Early Wednesday, a Type II wildfire team was called in to head up the battle against the fire which is near the ongoing and enormous Wood Hollow Fire.

John Gailey with the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America said that the Seeley Fire is still far from the Scout Camp, but that that they are taking action anyway.

"It's still a number of miles away, but as a precautionary manner, the county sheriff has come in and asked that we evacuate all of the Scout's units," Gailey said. They were given until noon to evacuate.

The town of Scofield has also been asked to evacuate as well as Hiawatha Scout Camp and the campgrounds at ClearCreek, Wattis and Scofield, according to tweets from Utah Fire Info.

Also evacuated was the nearby Skyline coal mine.

Highway 89 is still closed from the line between Sanpete and Utah counties up to SR-6.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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