I live in that area. My brother and his family were evacuated because of one of these fires. So far it's been 20 fires in about a month. I don't know if all 20 they're blaming on target shooting really are, but I know about a few of them and it's just amazes me how stupid, or possibly careless some people are.
One fire I know was started by some morons shooting at exploding targets. The conditions right now are VERY dry. Regardless, shooting exploding targets on BLM land is NEVER legal. These guys deserve to have their guns taken away and sold at auction in my opinion.
I speculate the rest are being caused by people that just aren't thinking. Shooting at metal targets, using steel jacketed ammunition, and using rocky backdrops. Then again, who knows. Maybe they're using tracers too. All I know is it's making me mad because it's giving the rest of us a bad name. I've had to set quite a few people straight in the last couple of weeks. I also fear they're going to impose an outright ban on target shooting this year.
I was planning on doing to shooting on my family vacation in July at Flaming Gorge. That might not happen now.
Originally Posted by rjd3282
I don't recall ever seeing sparks from bullets bouncing off anything, except in hollywood. I think the governor is imagining things. Maybe he's just another liberal in republican clothes.
I don't know why people think this. When hitting a hard surface such as metal or rocks copper or lead can spark. Perhaps, it's hot fragments of lead or copper that's being perceived as a spark. Regardless, either can start a fire.