ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Target shooters apparently started a wild fire that burned about 30 acres near a subdivision north of Elko over the weekend.
Elko County sheriff's Lt. Marvin Morton says four people told a deputy they were shooting a rifle in the area and fired at a shiny object behind a bush Sunday afternoon near the Adobe Heights development.
The witnesses say the bullet passed through what turned out to be a metal oxygen bottle, which burst and created a white, gaseous cloud that started vegetation on fire.
They say they tried unsuccessfully to stomp out the flames then called 911.
Morton says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is investigating the case. He says no names will be released until the BLM decides whether to take any action.
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