Exploding Targets

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As crews struggle to bring Idaho's wildfires under control, federal officials have traced at least five of the fires back to exploding targets used by recreational shooters.  Idaho Matters speaks with BLM officials about the danger of using these targets and other catalysts for wildfires.

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Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires.  But a leading manufacturer of the popular target shooting accessory is quite unhappy.

Fire investigators suspect exploding targets sparked at least half a dozen wildfires in Washington and Idaho over the past year. The chemical explosives give target shooters instant feedback that they've hit their mark from long range.