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Wildfire Harris Park Shooting Range 100 percent contained

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By Sal Christ

A wildfire that burned ¼ of an acre at the Harris Park Shooting Range near Bailey on Thursday morning is 100 percent contained after firefighters from the Platte Canyon and Elk Creek fire departments, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, responded to the blaze. 

According to a representative with Platte Canyon, the fire was reported at 9:38 a.m. and had burned ¼ of an acre by 10:45 a.m.

While the fire's cause officially remains under investigation, Park County Det. Sergeant Greg Jones said that recreational shooting is believed to have started the blaze and that several people will be cited by the U.S. Forest Service for burn ban violations. Additionallly, the Harris Park Shooting Range is closed until further notice and "no shooting is allowed at all, anywhere," per Jones.

This is the second wildfire to hit Harris Park Shooting Range in as many months. Last month, a fire burned 15 acres before it was extinguished.

This is a developing story. The Courier will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035. Follow her on Twitter @decriture.