San Diego County Board of Supervisors to consider recreational shooting ban on federal land

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 12:39:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is considering a plan to end recreational shooting on federal land.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob has proposed the ban on shooting on federally-owned land near Dulzura, where the Gate Fire erupted in May 2017.

It took several days for firefighters to contain the blaze after it scorched more than 2,000 acres. Video taken at the scene showed a group of people running from the area where the fire was ignited.

Jacob asked for the ban in a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior, and on Tuesday, the county board will hear a request for officials to work with the Bureau of Land Management, sheriff's officials and community members to define the boundaries of the Donohoe Flats area to draft a ban on shooting there year-round.

Jacob said officials failed to act on her previous requests to prohibit year-round shooting on the property, despite the high risk of wildfire.

In addition to potential fire dangers, Jacob said stray bullets have traveled close to homes. She also said visitors often leave behind trash and don't respect the land.

The request on Tuesday would create a draft of a ban that would come back to the county board for consideration in the fall.