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Mothers of evacuated ETX Boy Scouts 'relieved' all are ok

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An East Texas Boy Scout troop was forced to evacuate a second time on Thursday, as wildfires in Colorado spread towards their shelter.

Troop 369 from Tyler had already retreated from their campsite at the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch last night, moving to a local high school set up as a Red Cross shelter in Walsenburg, Colorado.

Stephanie Vasso's 12-year-old son Zeph said the fire is now moving into the town where they took shelter.

"He was watching the fire from the town and said the town was filling with smoke," Vasso said. "He said they were going to have to evacuate the town."

Stephanie Boozer's 11-year-old son Quinn said they only had time to grab their quick packs before leaving.

"He said they had minutes to leave," Boozer said. "He told me he got his water bottle and new Scout pants that my friend Ann had just hemmed for him. He made sure to let me know that he had those new pants."

Ann Brown's two sons, 14-year-old Noah and 10-year-old Clay, were both on the trip with her husband Mike.

She said her older son and husband had gone to the summit when they saw the fire.

"They could see the huge flames and smoke and they knew the fire was between them and the camp," Brown said. "They could tell it was closer to camp, so they turned around and went the other way to get out safely."

The two were finally able to reunite with her 10-year-old at the shelter.

"Even though the sheriff kept saying, everyone's ok, everybody's fine, I wanted them to be together," Brown said. "Especially with my youngest son separated from them."

All three women said they are ready for it to all be over.

"I think they're going to be happy to be home," Boozer said. "But it's something that they'll never forget ever."

"I want to hold my little babies," Brown said.

The scouts said they did lose thousands of dollars worth of equipment in the fire, but all 41 scouts and the 5 troop leaders are ok.

Scouts boarded a bus Thursday evening to Trinidad, CO, where they will meet a bus that will take them back to East Texas.

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