Spearfish firefighters contain small grassfire at Spearfish Rifle Range
SPEARFISH, S.D. — On Sunday, Spearfish firefighters knocked down a small grassfire at the Spearfish Rifle and Pistol Range.
Around 4:11 p.m., it was reported that two individuals were seen on the pistol side of the range shooting up into the hillside, which sparked two small fires.
Spearfish Fire Department responded and were able to contain the spread to less than 1/10th an acre. Rimrock in the area helped limit the spread of the fire uphill.
17 personnel, five engines, and one water tender responded, with the fire contained around 5:20 p.m. and controlled by 5:45 p.m. By 11:50 a.m. on Monday, the fire was “officially out.”
Spearfish Fire Chief Travis Ladson commented that the range has done an excellent job building and maintaining a berm to ensure this type of situation does not occur. The “negligence” of the individuals, according to the City of Spearfish, in their shooting ultimately caused the fires.
“We dodged a bullet – no pun intended,” said Ladson, who explained that windy conditions were prevalent earlier in the day. “Luckily, it was calm, so the conditions worked in our favor.”