Colfax shooting area closed |

Colfax shooting area closed

The shooting area off Carpenter Road, near Interstate 80 in the Cape Horn area, has been closed, the Folsom Field Office of the federal Bureau of Land Management said.

No date for its reopening has been set, bureau spokesman John Scull said.

Officials closed the area in part to protect public lands from wildfire. A 20-acre blaze at the site was started on Aug. 11. It quickly burned out brush and grass, and firefighters put it out the same day bureau spokesman John Scull said. There is some speculation as to whether shooting could have sparked the fire, but the cause has not been determined, he added.

“Bullets do not spark when they hit a solid object,” Scull said. But bullets could trigger secondary sparking.

In Mariposa, bullets from a high-powered rifle are believed to have hit a rock, causing rock fragments to strike and spark, igniting the Telegraph Fire, Scull said. That fire burned 33,000 acres earlier this month.

In addition, the closure, which was ordered last week, also was intended to protect maintenance crews working on the railroad tracks directly above the shooting area.


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