Third fire of year breaks out at shooting range |

Third fire of year breaks out at shooting range

Reid Tulley
Parshall, CO Colorado
Fire fighters work to control the wildland fire at the Parshall shooting range on Sunday afternoon east of Parshall. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

A fire was reported at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Byers Canyon Shooting Range around 1 p.m. Sunday, July 15, making this the third fire to be sparked at the range this year.

The fire was under two acres in size and was quickly contained and extinguished, according to Jim Campbell of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews were on the scene within 45 minutes and stayed there for an hour and a half after the fire was out to make sure it did not restart, said Brad White, chief of the Hot Sulphur Springs Fire Protection District.

In all, 35 firefighters from the Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire Protection District, the U.S. Forest Service , and Granby and Kremmling fire protection districts responded to the scene.

The grass fire is thought to have been started by sparks caused by a ricochet on shooting lane four, said White.

The gun range is owned by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Sunday’s fire was the fourth fire in the past two years at the site. At least two of the other fires were started by tracer rounds, which are now illegal at the range.

Parks and Wildlife can shut the range down when it deems the action necessary. However, White said he believes the range will remain open if land management agencies do not return to a Stage II fire ban.

Parks and Wildlife volunteers help to supervise the range on the weekends to make sure all safety rules are being followed, specifically the non-use of tracer or incendiary rounds, and to help with early response if another fire were to occur, White said.

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