After working with local fire and emergency officials, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will reopen four of the agency's six public shooting ranges in the Northwest Region by Aug. 17.
The Plateau Creek Shooting range on Grand Mesa near Collbran has reopened. The Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs and Hayden Shooting Range also reopened on Friday.
The West Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area Shooting Range will reopen on Aug. 17.
Prompted by the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt, which was started at a CPW shooting range, state officials decided to close shooting ranges until fire danger decreased.
Two individuals face felony arson charges after allegedly using prohibited tracer ammunition at the Basalt State Wildlife Area Shooting Range.
The Basalt range remains closed.
CPW and local fire officials conducted a thorough review of each facility. During the closures, CPW worked with fire and emergency personnel to meet requirements for proper fire mitigation.
"When the rules are followed and ranges are used responsibly, I firmly believe all of our ranges are safe, but we made the decision to close them out of an abundance of caution," said Northwest Regional Manager JT Romatzke.
All CPW-owned ranges have posted rules that users are expected to follow.
"We are committed to providing the public with safe facilities where people can enjoy shooting sports," he said. "To that end, we will continue to work with local officials to make sure our ranges are as safe as can be.
"(The rules) must be followed or you could face very serious consequences."
The Cameo Shooting and Education Complex is expected to open near the end of August.
Two public meetings at Basalt High School, 600 Southside Dr., are planned to discuss the future of the Basalt State Wildlife Area Shooting Range.
The first meeting is from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 21 and the second from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 27.