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Forest Service Blaming Shooters for Wild Fires

Denver Post

The U.S. Forest Service is blaming recreational target shooters for two recent wild fires in Colorado.

As reported, two separate wild fires in Pawnee National Grassland in northeast Colorado have been blamed on recreational shooters. The U.S. Forest Service says one person has already been cited for causing one fire.

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The first wild fire is named the Wildhorse fire. This, started on Saturday, March 7, consumed 19 acres. The second fire, named the 96 Fire, consumed 7.1 acres. This fire was the very next day, Sunday, March 8. The west side of Weld County Road 96 was the scene of both grassland fires.

As outdoor enthusiasts, we need to stay vigilant to changing winds and dry conditions. Target shooting with incendiary ammunition, or tracer ammunition is very dangerous. Campfires are also a huge danger. Report anyone not following safe practices, especially in dry seasons.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking information from anyone near Weld County Road during Saturday between 10 a.m. to around 2 p.m. that may have witnessed vehicles or activities. Anyone with information should call (970) 295-6682.


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Forest Service Blaming Shooters for Wild Fires