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Range fire burns 4 acres

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Anna, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Anna

    Anna New Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    I've always wondered about the possibility of grass fires at the local gun club, especially the rifle range. Well, this was front page news yesterday in my neck of the woods.

    I just hope that there won't be renewed calls to shut down the club. After the forest fires we've had the last couple of months, some people tend to be paranoid and tend to overreact.
  2. TallPine

    TallPine Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    somewhere in the middle of Montana
    Well, a week ago at a neighbor's place, a wind storm blew some overhead wires together causing a spark that burned corrals, sheds, and several acres of wheat.

    So let's ban electricity :rolleyes:
  3. Tirod

    Tirod Senior Member

    May 24, 2008
    SW MO
    Range fires happen all the time in the military. Some we put out, some we just told Range Control and they said "Leave it alone." Liability and injury to untrained "firefighters" can be issues.

    My local pistol club range is situated on an former lead mine site. No vegetation, and the gravel is already contaminated. It should be this good for everybody. It's no small expense, but a plowed perimeter treated with weedkiller could reduce the fire hazard. It's no good to just do nothing.
  4. SwampFox

    SwampFox New Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Burn Management might be something to consider if your range is in a fire prone area.

    Set up a fire break and start a back burn.
  5. Sheldon J

    Sheldon J Active Member

    Jul 11, 2005
    Cereal City, Michigan
    A single drop of dew can act as a magnifying lens and start a fire too, they are grasping at straws since copper N lead do not spark when they hit a rock.
  6. Zoogster

    Zoogster Senior Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Here in CA we have fires all the time. I have had dozens of fires within a few miles of me within the last year.
    The causes have been all sorts of things.
    From people clearing brush in case of a fire, and using power tools to do it that actualy caused a fire. To many fires started by electrical lines overloading, transformers sparking and exploding etc.
    We get the occasional firebug out starting them, controlled burns out of control or other intentional or negligent acts.

    Then there was a couple thousand fires about a month ago all over the state, most started by lightning when a storm went through the northern half of the state.

    People shooting need to be careful. People doing many things in fire prone areas need to be careful.
    If you start a fire, even accidentaly you are responsible for the cost of fighting it at least here in CA, the cost of damages etc
    It usualy costs tens of thousands to a few million to pay for helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and other assets needed.
    For even minor fires they tend to call in the heavy equipment near where I live to put them out before they get out of hand. The bill for fighting such things would be tremendous, and the individual responsible is given the bill.

    Of course you can be criminaly liable too if they go that route for negligence.

    Watch what you do, don't use flammable materials as your backdrop. Dirt mounds and similar safe backdrops do not light on fire.
    Make sure your brass is not being thrown into brush or bushes.

    It really is not that tough to do. You have to take similar precations using power tools and other equipment in the same conditions.
  7. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Dec 24, 2002
    Forestburg, Texas
    First of all, they suggested the spark came from hitting a steel target. Secondly, copper and lead may not spark per se, but they superheat from impact, turn molten, and hence be hot enough to emit light, which is pretty darned hot.

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