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Washoe County Plans Target Shooting Ban During Wildfire Season

in Environment/Local News


Earthstone Fire in 2017

The Washoe Board of County Commissioners met in July to hear an agenda item that could ban target shooting during “wildfire season.”Photo: This is Reno


If the item is passed by commissioners, a request to the District Attorney's

office will be made to draft an ordinance for consideration at a later meeting.


With the blessing of local officials, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has banned target shooting on more than 2,000 acres on Utah Lake’s western shore, where unregulated gunfire has damaged rock art, sparked fires, threatened public safety and left a spiderweb of tracks and bullet scars on boulders, trees and other natural features, say's environment reporter Brian Maffley.

 Brian Maffley of The Salt Lake Tribune. 

“Increasingly in the summer months, conditions within Washoe County become fuel for fires associated with target shooting,” according to county staff. “Numerous fires have been started across the Western U.S. from target shooting, costing millions of dollars to suppress.”

The ordinance will allow the county manager and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Fire Chief to define which areas in the county would be off limits to target shooting.

Federal agencies already have the ability to restrict target shooting on federally managed lands.

The Earthstone fire in 2017 consumed 41,454 acres due to target shooting. Read More

Two killed in crash that sparked wildfire near Mt. Rose Ski Resort

in Local News

This is a developing story and is being updated. 

A second person has been confirmed killed after a glider crashed into the side of Slide Mountain above Washoe Valley on Sunday, according to the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office.

The medical examiner is still working to identify the victims.

(Photo: Bob Harmon, Washoe County Sheriff's Office

The glider took off from the Truckee Tahoe Airport Sunday afternoon on what's called a “cross-country” flight, according to Hardy Bullock, the airport's director of aviation and community services. 

More: Slide Fire near Mt. Rose Ski Resort 95 percent contained; one confirmed dead after glider crash

More: 500-acre North Fire burning near Emigrant Gap prompts evacuations, 10 percent contained

More: Rescuers searching for possible missing boater on Pyramid Lake, large raft found on Anaho Island

In the glider world, a cross-country flight means the glider was simply flying where it could find lift and would eventually return to the airport it took off from, according to Bullock.

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