BOISE -- The federal government has filed a lawsuit contending a western Idaho gun club should pay more than $420,000 in costs related to a wildfire that occurred almost two years ago.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boise filed the claim last week against the Gem County Rod and Gun Club seeking costs for suppressing the fire as well as property damages.
The Sand Hollow Fire started in August of 2009 when four individuals shooting metal targets at the Emmett shooting range sparked the blaze that burned 864 acres of federal lands.
Prosecutors said the gun club didn't have signs posted to notify shooters of the danger of fires or what kinds of ammunition to use.
Gun Club Director Tom Neth was not aware of the lawsuit on Tuesday.