Gunfire ignited several fires this summer west of Utah Lake. But after target shooters' stray bullets began landing near homes, the Bureau of Land Management decided to issue a temporary shooting ban.
The shooting closure began Friday for about 900 acres around the Lake Mountain area west of Utah Lake in Utah County, the BLM Salt Lake City field office said. The closure could remain in effect for at least two years with an option for extension.
Because the Lake Mountain terrain is flat, stray bullets from recreational shooters are landing near homes, cars and people, creating a "serious safety hazard," a news release from the agency stated.