BLM: Brush fire near Sand Hollow started by bullets

Crews are working to contain a wildfire that destroyed a home and several outbuildings near Sand Hollow Sunday afternoon.

SAND HOLLOW - The Bureau of Land Management says adults shooting lead-based bullets ignited a wildfire that blackened 266 acres near Sand Hollow Sunday afternoon.

The fast-moving brush fire has been contained after destroying one home, four outbuildings and two semi trailers.

Crews are still working to mop up hotspots Monday morning. 

BLM spokesperson Keri Steneck said an additional five homes were threatened for a time, but that they are no longer in danger. 

Initial reports indicated that two homes had been destroyed. Officials later updated that number after learning that one of the structures was an outbuilding, Steneck said.

The fire was first reported at about 2:30 p.m., near the intersection of Tower Lane and Oasis Road.

Fire crews from the BLM, and various local agencies responded to the scene. Steneck said the brush fire grew to 266 acres before it was contained around 10 p.m. Sunday.

"We have an above average fuel loading out here," Steneck said. "We have a lot of grass starting to dry up, and fires are going to start very easily. They're going to move fast and we're going to have extreme fire behavior, so people need use caution if they're out in the wildland right now."

She reminds the public that a fire prevention order is in effect on public lands through October. Anyone who starts a fire on public lands could face criminal charges.

 

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