Forest Service: Bullet Fragments Ignited Wildfire

Forest Service: Bullet Fragments Ignited Wildfire

25 November 2008

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USA — Crews say a wildfire near Fort Collins has burned more than 90 acres. Investigators determined late Tuesday that the fire, which was 50 percent contained more than 24 hours after it started, was caused by bullet fragments.

The Paradise fire broke out on Monday 15 miles west of Fort Collins in the midst of what are dry conditions on the Front Range.

About 100 firefighters are battling the flames.

Crews say the change in the acreage is based on better mapping rather than actual fire growth on Tuesday. Initially the fire was estimated at about 50 acres in size.

Forest service officials said they want to know if anyone has “any information about any shooting activity taking place in the area” of the wildfire. They asked people with information to call(970) 498-2709.

No homes were threatened by the blaze and there were no evacuations, although Buckhorn Road remained closed.

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