50 firefighters battle grass fire near Rustic Range - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/16/10

50 firefighters battle grass fire near Rustic Range

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) -  Firefighters from six departments spent Saturday afternoon fighting a large grass fire that burned 60 acres near Rustic Range just outside of Slaton.

Fifty firefighters from Slaton, Roosevelt, Buffalo Springs, West Carlisle, Idalou and Ransom Canyon pooled their resources on the scene to stop the blaze that started around 2:15 p.m. Smoke from the fire forced officials to shut down county road 400 near the caynon area.

Crews contained the fire shortly before 6 p.m. but stayed on the scene for a few hours to put out hot spots.

"There was no damage to any structures," said Captain Dustin Brown with the Slaton Fire Department. Captain Brown explained how water tankers and modules were used to keep the fire from getting close to the buildings on the property.

The blaze got close to a range office with ammunition supplies. Rustic Range employee Larry Reat watched as the fire burned. Reat told a KCBD NewsChannel 11 photojournalist on the scene that he believes the fire was started by a tracer bullet which ignites after it is fired.   

Firefighters say a tracer bullet could be a possibility given the proximity of the fire to the range but they do not want to speculate until they are able to determine the exact cause.

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