TONIGHT THE LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS LOOKING
FOR A GROUP OF MEN WHO ACCIDENTALLY STARTED THE WATERMELON
HILL FIRE ON SATURDAY.
HERE'S A LOOK AT WHERE THE SHERIFF SAYS SOMEONE WAS
TARGET PRACTICING SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
BETWEEN FISHTRAP LAKE AND THE TOWN OF SPRAGUE.
KXLY4'S JEFF HUMPHREY WORKING FOR YOU WITH A LOOK
AT THE FIRE'S EXPLOSIVE CAUSE AND WHY NEARBY RESIDENTS
BLAME CARELESS SPORTSMEN FOR PUTTING THEIR CROPS AT
FOR A LONG TIME THE ALUMINUM CAN HAS SERVED AS A FAVORITE
TARGET FOR PEOPLE DOING A LITTLE PLINKING.
THEY'RE CHEAP AND EASY TO CARRY OUT WHEN YOUR DONE
BUT MORE RECENTLY EXPLODING TARGETS HAVE STARTED SHOWING
UP ON STORE SHELVES AND HAVE NOW STARTED AT LEAST
TWO FIRES IN THE FISHTRAP AREA.
EVEN THEN, IT TAKES A HIGH POWERED RIFLE TO SET THE
UNFORTUNATELY SOMEONE WAS USING TANNERITE AT THIS
MAKESHIFT RANGE ON SATURDAY AND STARTED THE FIRE THAT
THREATENED LORI BROWN'S SON'S HOME.
53;56 so we got here as quickly as we could.
when we got here there were vehicles that were leaving
the area people leaving the area and he stopped a
vehicle and the man did admit to being there and starting
the fire 54;09
LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SEARCHED THE FIRE'S
POINT OF ORIGIN AND FOUND SHELL CASINGS TRACES OF
THE EXPLOSIVE TANNERITE.
THEY ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A YELLOW TRUCK WITH A BLACK
STRIPE THAT THE SUSPECT WAS DRIVING.
IN THE MEANTIME, RESIDENTS ARE ANGRY ABOUT PEOPLE
BEING SO CARELESS WITH FIRE SO CLOSE TO THEIR CROPS.
LORI BROWN/ FARMER 55;21 it's our income, people
don't understand, they come out here on days like
today when the wind is 25-30 miles an hour, shooting
explosive devices and they think since the blm owns
this property it's legal and it is legal but you run
the risk of wiping out our way of life 55;38
THE BLM CLOSES ITS LAND TO THE USE OF EXPLODING TARGETS
FROM THE MIDDLE OF MAY TO THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER FOR
WHAT ARE NOW VERY OBVIOUS REASONS.
THE LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF IS HOPING THIS COSTLY FIRE
WILL REINFORCE THAT MESSAGE WITH RECREATIONAL SHOOTER.
REPORTING NEAR FIRSHTRAP, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.