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CPW To Host Second Community Meeting On Future Of Gun Range

Aug 26, 2018

Colorado Parks and Wildlife runs the shooting range in Basalt where the Lake Christine Fire originated last month. There's a second meeting on Monday to discuss its future.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

On Monday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting the second of two community meetings to discuss the future of the Basalt gun range.

After two individuals allegedly using tracer rounds ignited the Lake Christine Fire, some Basalt residents have pressed to permanently close or relocate the shooting range. At a meeting last week, advocates for the range reportedly outnumbered those who want to see a change.

A draft agenda indicates that CPW officials will provide history about the range and answer questions. There will be stakeholders from each side of the issue invited to speak for about five minutes each. The remainder of the meeting will be focused on generating solutions.

Mike Porras with CPW said this will be an ongoing process, and there is no timeline to reopen the range. He said the agency will consider a variety of ways to make gun ranges across the state safer and quieter.