Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

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Lito Fire (Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD)
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The 24-acre brush fire south of Lompoc that took place on Labor Day was determined to be caused by recreational target shooting.

The fire sparked on September 7th off San Miguelito Road around 1:30 p.m. Named the "Lito Fire," Santa Barbara County firefighters along with Lompoc City firefighters, Los Padres National Forest firefighters, and aircraft reinforcements.

Evacuations were ordered for nearby residences and the fire was estimated to have the potential to grow to 200 acres. Crews were able to stop the forward progress at 24 acres.

There were no structures affected and no injuries, all evacuation orders were lifted.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department fire investigators announced the cause on Monday and reminded the public of the fire hazards associated with outdoor target shooting and the importance of following all local, state, and federal guidelines when doing so.

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a-1600222013 Sep 15, 2020 07:06 PM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

If you shoot someone when your life is not in imminent danger, just to protect property, you'll rightly spend a good deal of time in prison, and pay out a lot of money for the rest of your life.

Sail380 Sep 16, 2020 07:22 PM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

When S.H.T.F. You will all be hiding behind your friends you know are 2nd amendment supporters. The forefathers knew the dangers of oppressive governments from where they came. Think about it. The 2nd amendment wasn't written to protect deer hunters!!!

Can any one say what AR stands for in a rifle?

x01660 Sep 15, 2020 04:48 PM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

While I agree with the sentiment, the reality is that the crazies have guns. The criminals have guns. Anyone who wants a gun will have a gun. And until laws are changed and guns are eliminated nationwide, one needs to be able to defend themselves. Perhaps I'm a bit biased since I'm ex-military, but we're not dealing with ideal situations. Protect yourself and arm yourself. And learn to service and operate your firearm proficiently and safely. You can preach all you want that "no one needs a gun", but when Antifa/MAGA is breaking into your yard to torch your home and spray-paint "Black Lives Matter/ Blue Lives Matter" on your property, then drop a Molotov, when the police are 20 minutes away, you'll wish you could defend yourself. This isn't about the ideal; its about reality. And the reality we're in sucks. But its the reality we're in. And you gotta adapt. Or you suffer and die. It's really that simple. Vote to change for the better, and arm yourself for the worst.

dukemunson Sep 15, 2020 02:24 PM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

Agreed! Too many guns and way too many unnecessarily powerful guns in this country. Things have changed in 250 years...we simply don't need people having guns...and we really don't need people having guns that can do the damage that something like an M-16 can.

a-1600183298 Sep 15, 2020 08:21 AM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

WTF, Goaty? You mean it's someone else's fault, not the ones choosing to use FIREarms during the worst wildfire season ever recorded in the state? Should those people even have guns? Should they drive cars? Always convenient to pass the buck.

S.B.Dutchman Sep 14, 2020 05:06 PM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

@Basicinfo805
Genius move illegal shooter! Go out and shoot illegally somewhere for the h-ll of it and start a fire that our firefighters have to jump on. Not like we have a lot of extra fore resources right about now. Can't CURE stupid.

HAHA LOL Fixed it for you.

Basicinfo805 Sep 14, 2020 02:54 PM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

Genius move illegal shooter! Go out and shoot illegally somewhere for the h-ll of it and start a fire that our firefighters have to jump on. Not like we have a lot of extra fore resources right about now. Can't sure stupid.

Sail380 Sep 15, 2020 11:45 AM
Miguelito Fire Caused by Target Shooting

is there additional info other than the OP? Maybe not smart but I don't see it mentioned as illegal shooting. Several private properties in the area large enough to support recreational shooting.

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