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Philmont scouts evacuated from campground because of fire in nearby canyon

SANTA FE, N.M. — Scouts were evacuated from Pueblano Campground on Philmont Scout Ranch Friday after a fire was caused by lightning in a nearby canyon.

The fire, located about five miles north of Ute Park, has burned an estimated 10-12 acres, according to the State Forestry Division in a mid-day news release. Three structures in the camp were said to be threatened by the fire, which was being pushed to the east by high winds.

Around 4 p.m., Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said in an email that “our crews on the fire say that the fire is slowing down and lessening in intensity. No damage to structures at this time.”

No other evacuations were planned at Philmont for the time being.

Meanwhile, the Diego Fire burning seven miles southwest of Coyote in the Santa Fe National Forest has burned about six acres and has 18 firefighters on the scene. That lightning-caused fire started June 15 and has remained within containment lines.

Smoke may be visible from Coyote, Gallina, Youngsville and Taos.