Managers with the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest say a spike in gun-related fires is behind the decision.
Spokeswoman Erica Hupp says the district understands not everyone will agree with the ban... "But, it was something we felt that was important, not only protecting our beautiful lands that we manage, but also for public safety too," Hupp says.
The district covers more than 400,000 acres in both Nevada and California.
Hupp says our extremely wet winter has created dry grass conditions not seen in previous years.
This temporary shooting restriction lasts through September 30, but that could change based on weather conditions.
Also, the ban does not affect legal hunting within the district.
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