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Campers flee San Juan Fire region, LDS camp evacuated

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"The smoke started to cover the sun, so the ground was just orange," said Briggs Conway

"My friend was with me, and he was like whoa, that's a big dust storm, and I was like; that is not a dust storm," said Zach Brown.

"Nature is really in charge, not us," said Scottie Brown.

Scottie Brown, Briggs Conway, and Zach Brown are three of two hundred campers between 12 and 18 who were evacuated Thursday near the San Juan Fire.

Hike Councilman Chet Jenkins was in charge of the camp when the fire broke out Thursday afternoon.

"And I saw the smoke, I literally thought it was from our camp because the way the angle was, and my heart sank," said Jenkins.

Chet was with a group of campers canoeing at a lake near the campgrounds; he didn't know what to expect when he returned.

"I was texting my wife, and I said, please pray for us," he said.

The Greer Fire Department set up a perimeter around the Greens Peak Lookout and told the campers to get out within 25 minutes.

"I can see now how people can die in those fires, because they move so fast," said Jenkins.

Fortunately on the first day of camp Tuesday the campers and 75 adult chaperons did a fire drill, it proved beneficial.

"I thought more of the 12 year-olds would be screaming and running around, but they were pretty calm," said Scottie Brown.

The purpose of the camp was to bring the young men away from technology with adventure and spiritual activities. They weren't supposed to go home until Saturday.

"We're having a big what we call ironically a fireside Sunday night at the church," said Jenkins.

The Greens Peak area remains evacuated. At this point, firefighters say the campsite has not burned.
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