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Because of recent target shooting related wildfires in Utah County, and worsening fire conditions, Sheriff Smith and State Fire Officials have ordered that some areas west and south of Utah Lake be closed to target shooting with certain types of ammunition and certain types of targets.


Over the last several weeks there have been more than seven wildfires started on Lake Mountain and West Mountain.  At least seven of those are known to have been started by individuals or groups who were target shooting.  Five of them are known to have been started by individuals or groups using exploding targets.  By Utah County Code 13-2-16 exploding targets are prohibited within the unincorporated area of Utah County including state and federal public lands except as specifically allowed by this code.

In consultation with Sheriff Mike Smith and Brett  Ostler, Utah State Fire Management Officer, Brian Cottam, Utah State Forester, has ordered closure of all unincorporated private land and all state land directly west of Utah Lake, as all land on West Mountain above 4,500' elevation be closed to target shooting as described in the attached order.

The following are prohibited:

-Steel core, jacketed, or tipped ammunition of any caliber.

-Any tracer or incendiary ammunition of any caliber.

-Possession or use of any kind of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, or exploding targets.

As an alternative, Utah County Public Works will have a partial opening of the Soldier Pass Shooting Range.  Two shooting lanes will be open beginning Saturday, June 27.  Ongoing finish work on the remainder of the range will continue, but it is important to not use those areas as there is significant risk of ricochet injury because of the rock surface of the target area.

Also, we strongly encourage all target shooters to be responsible by not using trash for targets, including old furniture TV's, appliances, or anything else of that nature.  We also want all target shooters to keep this range and any other legal target shooting areas clean by pickup up spent casing and target material.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

(801)404-1912 - Cell (Best number)

(801)851-4333 - Office (Take your chances)

Twitter:  @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO

Email:  jamesc@utahcounty.gov