CARBONDALE - Crews contained a wildfire Saturday afternoon in the North Thompson Creek area outside of Carbondale, where a group of young adults were doing some target shooting.
No one was hurt, no structures were damaged and Pitkin County deputies determined the individuals doing the shooting were following proper precautions and were not in violation of the county's ban on open burning. The cause of the blaze remained undetermined, but it could have been caused by a ricochet, the Sheriff's Office said.
The area, near the old Thompson Creek coal mine on the south side of the creek, has been used by locals for years as a makeshift shooting range, the Sheriff's Office noted.
Authorities were called about the fire at about 3:50 p.m. Carbondale firefighters arrived at about 4 p.m.; they were later joined by units from the U.S. Forest Service and Snowmass. Grasses, oak brush and some pines on the periphery were fueling the blaze, but winds were relatively calm, unlike Friday's gusty conditions.
The individuals engaged in the target shooting attempted to extinguish the fire, but when they could not, one of them left the scene to call 911.
Fire crews contained the blaze and cleared the scene at about 8:30 p.m. Carbondale firefighters planned to return Sunday morning to mop up, the Sheriff's Office said.