Target shooting and wildfire
Don’t let target practice cause the next wildfire
Depending on the type of target, ammo, and location you choose, target shooting is a risk for starting unwanted wildfires. Follow these tips to reduce that risk.
Before you shoot
Remember – unless your life is in danger, you are never allowed to shoot in:
- Territorial campgrounds
- National campgrounds
- Most community-run campgrounds
- Across highways or roadways
Do not target shoot in these areas.
- Find: community government websites and contact info to look into rules about target shooting
Pick the right spot
Dirt or gravel is always the best place to put targets. Avoid areas where there is dry leaves, grass, trees, or brush nearby.
Pick the right time
If it’s hot and windy out, avoid shooting on those days. Sparks move more quickly and unpredictably – and bullet fragments can be extremely hot and ignite nearby trees, plants, or brush.
Bring a shovel and a fire extinguisher
Keep a shovel, fire extinguisher and extra water on hand, in case a fire does start.
Use safe targets
Shooting at steel targets or rocks may throw sparks into things that could burn nearby. Use paper targets or clay pigeons.
Use safer ammo
Steel core and solid copper ammunition have the highest potential to start fires. Lead core bullets are less likely to ignite surrounding vegetation.
Avoid exploding targets
Exploding targets can cause major sparks – and are very unpredictable.
Don’t use incendiary or tracer ammunition
Ammunition that “burns” can easily ignite trees or other fuel so should not be used.