Lightning-caused fire shuts down Cedar City shooting range

Firefighters clean up after a lightning-caused wildfire burned about a quarter acre, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 13, 2015 | Photo by Emily Hammer, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — A lightning strike lit a tree on fire just north of Three Peaks Shooting Range Sunday afternoon, spreading to about a quarter-acre in size and causing the shooting range to be shut down.

A lightning-caused wildfire burned some Cedar trees by the Cedar City Shooting Range, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 13, 2015 | Photos by Emily Hammer, St. George News
A lightning-caused wildfire spread to about a quarter-acre in size north of the Cedar City Shooting Range, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 13, 2015 | Photos by Emily Hammer, St. George News

Dixie National Fire Service Firefighter Jeremy Gerber said they received a report of a fire around 3 p.m. and initially responded to the shooting range.

The Forest Service decided to evacuate the range as a safety precaution, Gerber said, and had the range secured by 4 p.m.

While the fire took out a few Cedar trees, Gerber said, there was no significant damage as a result of the fire.

“The washes acted as a natural fuel barrier,” he said.

With the fire out, the range is expected to reopen within a few hours.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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