Safe Shooting in Open Areas

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Target shooting is a favorite activity for Northern Nevadans. With so much wide open space in Washoe county, many people prefer to take their shots in the hills outside of town. Before you head out and take aim, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District wants to offer shooters a few tools and reminders to keep your family safe.

With a dry hot summer heading our way a big concern is fire. "The type of ammunition, the type of targets, even a ricochet off of a rock can start a fire," says Chief Charles Moore of Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. He is asking recreational shooters to bring along a shovel or fire extinguisher to quickly stop accidental sparks from spreading.

Another concern is conflict created by growing neighborhoods. As our community expands areas that were once open to target shooting are now too close to homes and other outdoor enthusiasts. Shooting in congested areas is illegal. To help target shooters identify those areas, the County has posted approximately 40 designating congested and non-congested areas. If you want to know before you go, the most updated maps are posted on their website.

For safe shooting tips, or the latest congested area maps from the County - click on the links to the right.