Have you come close to starting a forest fire?

Have you come close to starting a forest fire?

This is a discussion on Have you come close to starting a forest fire? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; While in the military I witnessed on two separate field ops where we unintentionally set the field or surrounding wooded area ablaze. Both times was ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 28
Like Tree6Likes

Thread: Have you come close to starting a forest fire?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array 031131's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    nh
    Posts
    1,042

    Have you come close to starting a forest fire?

    While in the military I witnessed on two separate field ops where we unintentionally set the field or surrounding wooded area ablaze. Both times was because of tracer rounds. Both times firefighters were able to quickly get out there and put it out. I don't think anymore than maybe a hundred meters or so ever burned. However because it seems to be common it is prepared for and range personnel prep the ranges for such an event so it obviously could be a lot worse.

    Has anyone else experienced this while using any tracers or what have you?

    Does the chance of such an event keep you from shooting anything?

    Recently I had a chance to buy 100 rds of 308 tracers for $50 and I passed remembering past experiences.

  2. #2
    Distinguished Member Array Xader's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,566
    I haven't, but these guys know a thing or two about it!


  3. #3
    Ex Member Array IndianaSig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Posts
    732
    Nah, too humid here to start such a fire. I was in Colorado once, had to be about 1991, and it was drier than a popcorn fart. Every other commercial on the radio and TV was about what not do do. Signs everywhere. In places like that, they take such things very seriously. While forest fires are a good thing long-term for the area, they sure don't do much for we humans who have put our footprint on the area at the time.

  4. #4
    Distinguished Member Array 5lima30ret's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Gulf Coast of Alabama
    Posts
    1,951
    Yes, many years ago I started one while on an aerial gunnery range (A-78) at Eglin AFB. The gun in question was a General Electric 7.62 Mini-gun on a UH1-N Huey. We notified range control who called the FD. It is amazing how fast fire spreads in palmettos and pine trees!
    Retired Police Lieutenant, Retired USAF Reserve, Glock Armorer, AL Retired LEO Pistol Permit, NC CWP, LEOSA Qualified
    Second generation American, Third generation Legionnaire
    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phil 4:13

  5. #5
    Member Array rogertc1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Midwest USA
    Posts
    203
    No.....except on my grill.
    5lima30ret likes this.

  6. #6
    VIP Member Array OldVet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Hiding inside a bottle of Jim Beam Black in S. FL.
    Posts
    19,790
    I've avoided forests ever since I discovered flying monkeys lived there.
    Darrow75 and glockman10mm like this.
    Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
    Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth

  7. #7
    Senior Member Array WannabeaCPA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    SE Texas
    Posts
    766
    Quote Originally Posted by Xader View Post
    I haven't, but these guys know a thing or two about it!

    For some reason the phrase "Hey y'all watch this!" came into my mind. Also the guy was very tacky about FPSRussia.

  8. #8
    VIP Member Array ccw9mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    31,373
    None with shooting, no.
    Last edited by ccw9mm; August 17th, 2013 at 01:56 AM.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Reason over Force: Why the Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos).
    NRA, SAF, GOA, OFF, ACLDN.

  9. #9
    Member Array FLMOPE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Central IL
    Posts
    246
    Nope but my cousin and I did burn down the grass field behind a dept store in the 60s.
    "Only the Sith deal in absolutes."

    "My dog is smarter than your honor student."

  10. #10
    VIP Member Array Mike1956's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Marion County, Ohio
    Posts
    15,605
    Quote Originally Posted by 031131 View Post
    While in the military I witnessed on two separate field ops where we unintentionally set the field or surrounding wooded area ablaze. Both times was because of tracer rounds. Both times firefighters were able to quickly get out there and put it out. I don't think anymore than maybe a hundred meters or so ever burned. However because it seems to be common it is prepared for and range personnel prep the ranges for such an event so it obviously could be a lot worse.

    Has anyone else experienced this while using any tracers or what have you?

    Does the chance of such an event keep you from shooting anything?

    Recently I had a chance to buy 100 rds of 308 tracers for $50 and I passed remembering past experiences.
    When I was stationed at Carson during the mid '70's, we ran a range in our PCs firing fifties at targets along a canyon. We started brush fires about every time we did a run.
    "If you don't want to get eaten, don't be food."

  11. #11
    VIP Member Array Arborigine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Calaveras County, California
    Posts
    2,179
    I have notice sparks when firing Tulammo steel jacketed at a gravel pit, and living in a forest that is not good. I wont be buying any more of that.
    I don't always have nothing to say, but when I do, I post it on Facebook.

  12. #12
    VIP Member Array Nmuskier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Upper Michigan
    Posts
    2,125
    Yes, we set a couple small grass fires with tracers. 5.56 and .50 BMG. Not forest fires, since live ammo training was done on a live fire range with defined lanes, limits, and a backstop, not in a generally wooded area. Even the .50 range has limits and a backstop (ridge line). Some trees or bushes, but mostly open fields of fire. Keep tracer fire close (dependent upon your mode of transportation), observe the area for at least 30 minutes after the last shot, and have fire control measures on hand.

    Signal flares will also set a fire. Some jack wagon popped a parachute flare for no good reason. Someone forgot to give him paragraph V of the OPORD.

    CA Governator Schwartzenegger banned shooting in some southern counties. Reason: rounds could hit a rock, spark, and start a wildfire. BS!!! I suppose a steel core round could hit a flint rock. Otherwise, those Hollywood types watch too much A-Team. It was a clear case of shooting control (they already had gun control and ammo control).

  13. #13
    Member Array F350_6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    248
    So are you 0311 or 0331?

    I stopped firing tracers when my uncle no longer bought them for me (0311). If you were 0331, I would suspect you have it out of your system by now anyway.

    There was an indoor range in Dallas that recently burned down from a patron firing tracer rounds inside. As dry as it is here, you won't find me shooting any tracers.

  14. #14
    VIP Member
    Array Taurahe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Indianapolis IN
    Posts
    4,515
    i caught my lawn on fire once..... i tried starting the burn barrel on fire with a bow and flaming arrow....... needles to say it didnt work as expected..... burned 3/4 of the lawn in less than 20 min. No more robinhood attempts for me. That was a tough one to explain.

    Oh and I watched a mortar team start a massive field fire at work a few months ago....... 80 mm HE mortars apparently are quite good at starting fires.
    ”God grants Liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
    ~Daniel Webster

    Your points are shallow... my points are Hollow....

  15. #15
    Senior Moderator
    Array gasmitty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Gilbert, AZ
    Posts
    12,712
    Out here in the parched desert, you have to be careful with steel-core ammo - ricochets are known to spark badly enough to start fires. I didn't give that much credence until I saw it happen... I was out on a cannon shoot (whole 'nother story there...) and while we were letting the howitzer cool off we were shooting at random junk on the hillside. Sure enough, we managed to set a junked mattress on fire, and it took a little doing to get that calmed down.

    A fair amount of public land open to shooting is declared off limits during the driest times, to minimize the risk of fire.

    My home range (Rio Salado) is home to a lot of big shoots. Show up for a match with steel-core ammo in your possession and you'll get a match DQ - that's how serious they are out here.
    Smitty
    NRA Endowment Member
    NROI Chief Range Officer

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Remove Ads

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

explain rimfire forest fire

Click on a term to search for related topics.