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Target shooter sparks fire in Cedar Hills

Published: Friday, June 21 2013 4:55 p.m. MDT

CEDAR HILLS — A wildfire sparked by a target shooter burned about 10 acres Friday afternoon on the east side of Canyon Road.

City officials said the target shooter called 911 about 4 p.m. when the flames began to spread. No structures were burned, and the fire was expected to be fully contained by 11 p.m.

The fire burned uphill, across the mountain ridge and away from townhouses in the area. A helicopter was used to help fight the fire, pulling water from irrigation ponds and making multiple passes over the fire, officials said.

Cedar Hills Mayor Gary Gygi said no evacuations were necessary.

“(Firefighters) are just doing a magnificent job in terms of containing it at this point,” Gygi said Friday afternoon.

The fire started on Forest Service land, and target shooting is not allowed there, the mayor said.

By 6 p.m., the fire was between 80 percent and 85 percent contained. Forest Service officials planned to stay on-site Friday night to monitor the situation.

— Katie McKellar

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