For the second straight year, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has restricted target shooting on the Wenas Wildlife Area after bullets sparked wildfires on the 114,150-acre property near Ellensburg.
A temporary rule in effect through Sept. 30 restricts target shooting to the hours between sunrise and 11 a.m. when the risk of starting a wildfire is less severe.
Cindi Confer Morris, who manages the wildlife area, said one fire was reported June 1 and another the following day by target shooters who noticed smoke rising beyond their targets. Unable to contain the fires, each group called 911.
The first fire burned about 25 acres along Buffalo Road near Selah. The second fire scorched less than an acre along Durr Road near Ellensburg.Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, firstname.lastname@example.org