Exploding target blamed for Peewink fire burning west of Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. - A homemade exploding target is the suspected cause of the Peewink Fire burning west of Boulder in the Sugarloaf area.

Currently described as 50 percent contained, the 3.6 acre fire is burning on National Forest System property on the side of Peewink Mountain. It has forced a road closure near the intersection at Sugarloaf Road and Forest Service Road 332, according to Forest Service spokeswoman Elsha Kirby.

The exploding target believed to have caused the fire is being investigated by the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement, Kirby said. Anyone who may have witnessed the start of the fire or anyone using exploding targets in this area is asked to call Officer Paul Krisanits at 303-541-2513.

Last August, the Rocky Mountain Forest Service region banned exploding targets, calling them a "documented cause of wildfires."

When a bullet breaks the targets, two powders are able to mix and form an explosive.

Overnight and into Monday, firefighters continued digging their fire line. They are equipped with water tenders, brush trucks and fire engines.

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