Thursday, August 27, 2015

8/27/15 Rock Creek Fire Update

Yesterday our fire crew and Hillsboro Fire Department responded to a fire near Old Cornelius Pass Road and Rock Creek Road. A private landowner target shooting on his property had a fire start from the hot bullet ricocheting off the steel target and landing in grass some 10 feet from the impact zone. He had cleared the area immediately around the target to prevent fires. Our crews contained the fire at about 1 acre. The landowner invited ODF out today to review the area and circumstances of the fire start. I'll get a picture of the target area up later.

The landowner had 2 fire extinguishers with him, but by the time he was able to get down range, was unable to extinguish the fire. The fire burned mostly his property, but did spot to the neighbors property before our crews were able to contain it. Good work by Hillsboro District 2, our ODF crews, and tree cutters from Bighorn Logging Company to contain the fire.

Spread the word - in these tinder dry conditions, any spark is a fire risk. This is our 8th recreational shooting fire of the season.