A fire in the Keswick area Thursday burned about nine acres, according to Cal-Fire. The fire broke out in dry grass and brush on BLM land near the shooting range off of Iron Mountain Road at around 11AM. An air tanker helped crews slow the spread. A little after Noon the fire was boxed in by fire retardant, and crews said forward progress was stopped. Investigators say the fire was sparked by target shooters firing high powered rifles at metal targets. Cal-Fire says the shooters didn’t break any rules because the range is open until Noon. However, they issued an advisory not to shoot in areas where there’s dry vegetation, avoid shooting on hot and windy days, use paper targets or clay pigeons, and have a way to put a fire out close at hand, like a fire extinguisher, some water and a shovel.
There was also a fire in the Bend area of Northern Tehama County Thursday that burned about 5 acres.