SHERIDAN — Recreational shooters started a grass fire Sunday afternoon at the Buffalo Run recreation area approximately 10 miles out of Sheridan on Highway 14 East toward Ucross. Goose Valley Fire Department Chief Bob Williams said it took his crews approximately four hours to extinguish the blaze.
The fire, which ultimately grew to encompass 65 acres before it was contained, is thought to have started because the shooters were utilizing exploding targets.
The Buffalo Run recreational area was closed to recreational shooters earlier this year amidst concerns of public abuse of the land. While litter had become a significant problem, safety concerns also prompted the state to ban target practice at the location.
Deputy Katie Kennedy with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office said the shooters who started the fire have not yet been formally charged with anything, but said charges will be forthcoming as the investigation progresses. She said the shooters were the ones who notified authorities when the fire grew out of their control.
Kennedy also said the lease holder provided several volunteers to assist emergency responders in containing the fire.