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Federal officials confirmed Friday that target shooters started separate wildfires outside of Reno and they’re asking for the public’s help finding a red ATV seen leaving the area where the one broke out in the Washoe Valley.
Neither of the fires, which were reported within an hour of each other around noon Thursday, caused any property damage or threatened structures.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said a red side-by-side utility terrain vehicle was seen driving on Goni Road toward Carson City shortly after the Duck Hill fire was reported about 11:40 a.m. Thursday in the Washoe Valley between Reno and Carson City.
It burned about 12 acres before it was snuffed out.
The Chimney Fire reported about 12:40 p.m. Thursday burned about 184 acres (74 hectares) north of Sun Valley Regional Park north of Reno. It was estimated to be 75 percent contained Friday afternoon.
Ryan Elliot, BLM lead fire investigator, said it’s a good reminder that fire hazards remain high despite cooling temperatures.
“Fuels on the rangelands are the driest on records for this time of year,” he said. “Any ignition source is capable of causing a fire.”
Anyone with information about the fires should call the BLM at 775-885-6117.