Target shooters spark wildfire in Utah

With these dry conditions and strong winds, it does not take long for a wildfire to get started. A matter of seconds and one spark can send an entire hillside up in flames.

That's exactly what happened in Eagle Mountain Saturday afternoon.

Three acres of brush were burned in a matter of minutes.

"The thing about Utah is the wild fire season comes up pretty quick, we just had a pretty wet spring, and just the last few days we've had red flag weather conditions, really windy, really hot, really dry," said Riley Pilgrim with Unified Fire Authority.

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Unified Fire Authority said the Eagle Mountain fire started innocently enough, with a couple out having a little target practice.

"They were shooting using Tannerite, which I think people underestimate what that can do, and totally accidental, came out here to a pretty remote area and the next thing you know a fire started," Pilgrim said.

Firefighters say what your dealing with isn't just brush, it's fuel. One shot is all it takes to have a disaster on your hands.

"Those bounce off of rocks, or steel targets, they land in the grass, which is dry, it's a pretty common way to start a fire," Pilgrim said.

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