GUN 53 sq miles, 21 homes burned in fire caused by target shooter

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    Some residents allowed home after fire
    Published: Aug. 1, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    MARIPOSA, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Some evacuees were allowed to return to their homes as crews worked to control fires that spread through California's Sierra terrain, officials said.

    About 100 homes near the towns of Mariposa and Midpines were restricted Thursday but fire crews said they were hopeful residents would be allowed back in their homes in the near future, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    "I think we are feeling good," U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Suzanne Grin told the Times.

    About 4,500 firefighters worked to contain the blaze, which was started last week by a local taking part in target practice close to the Merced Rive. Officials said the fire consumed 21 homes and forced thousands of people to leave the area.

    The Times said nearly half of the 53-square-mile fire was under control Thursday.
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    Dont shoot tracers or API in dry grasslands.
     
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    Even steel core russian junk can be a problem.
     
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    This is why most ranges in Southern California don't allow steel core ammunition.
     
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    This is what happens when you don't let fires burn naturally and eat up the dead brush
     
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    It's all farmland there IIRC :hsd:
     
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    It can happen with any kind of ammunition.
     
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    Neg. It's Mariposa dude, lots of scrubbly undergrowth (manzanita and grass and such) that burns easily, plus a bunch of old-growth oaks.
    Problem is, like hsmith said, a couple decades or so ago, policy was to put out all fires, and it lets all this crap build up. So instead of little tiny brush-burns every year or two, you get a 20-year conflagration that shuts down the central route into Yosemite National Park.

    Not so much farming as woods-ish, and ranching. I'll show you sometime. It's nice in spring after the rains, but it's a damn tinderbox in summer.
     

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