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Sheriff's Office: Rabbit Mountain Fire was caused by people shooting targets at ranch

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 18:24:33-05

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Investigators have determined that people shooting targets at Round Mountain Ranch caused Monday’s Rabbit Mountain Fire, which burned 151 acres and four buildings.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says the people were shooting at steel plates and that a bullet fragment sparked a fire in grass near the targets.

The sheriff’s office says the people tried to put the fire out, but it spread quickly because of dry and windy conditions. They were the ones who called 911 to report the fire, according to spokesman Commander Mike Wagner.

The sheriff’s office says the fire burned 151 acres, four buildings and a horse trailer. It said Thursday that no animals were lost in the fire.

The sheriff’s office says it is discussing possible charges for the people with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office.

It said the peoples’ identities are not being released, citing the ongoing investigation.

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