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Old 10-14-2008, 1:37 PM
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Default Angeles Range Open Tomorrow !

I just returned from a brief tour of the Angeles Shooting Ranges, I'm happy to report Angeles will be open for business first thing tomorrow/ Weds at 9:00 am. All of the facilities remain intact, none of the structures, benches or shooting areas received any damage whatsoever.
The surrounding scrub brush has taken a beating though, as in there isn't any. Much of the scrub along the access road leading to the ranges looks like the surface of the moon, and I think the telephone lines are still down.
But I spoke to the boss moments ago, he says Angeles will be open for business on Weds am.
See you there !
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Excellent news!

Again, this is why we should not take whatever ranges we do have left for granted.

Hopefully, the fire will be contained before it claims any more homes and structures. This one got big quick.

Thanks for the update, EF!
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It's amazing that the fire could start that close to the range, and not have anything affected -- we lucked out!
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Great news indeed!
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Thanx for the update, EF!
I assume you will be working tomorrow.
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Thanx for the update, EF!
I assume you will be working tomorrow.
See you then!
You bet I will, see you then !
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Wow - so glad to hear.
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Power out but may open on Wed. but no night shooting.
Power may be back in a couple days.
Phone lines are a mess, mostly laying on the road, no idea on that fix yet.
Shooting lines in good shape no fire damage.
Down range most trees and shrubs are gone.
Moore & Moore Sporting clays had more damage than us.
Will try to keep up dates on the web page starting Wed.
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so where exactly did the fire start? There was a brief radio report on KFI ~~48hrs ago that it was started by gunfire, is this (again) true?
If so, it might be time for outdoor ranges to consider limiting their firing on high-winds days to targets in enclosed barren bermed areas. We're only hurting ourselves if we keep starting these big blazes. And you can be damned sure that Sierra Club et al are already fomenting for such a restriction, if not outright closure (yet again).
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Thumbs up Thanks for he update.

Glad to hear it's still there.
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So, if there's nothing to burn, can we shoot magnetic ammo?
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so where exactly did the fire start? There was a brief radio report on KFI ~~48hrs ago that it was started by gunfire, is this (again) true?
If so, it might be time for outdoor ranges to consider limiting their firing on high-winds days to targets in enclosed barren bermed areas. We're only hurting ourselves if we keep starting these big blazes. And you can be damned sure that Sierra Club et al are already fomenting for such a restriction, if not outright closure (yet again).
The fire started at 2:30 am by a downed power line[ as a result of high winds]. The power line or one of its conductors sparked, bam- instant forrest fire. By 2:45 am[ someone was on the range land in a mobile home, the inhabitants got out but the mobile home burned to the ground, literally nothing left but charred remains].
Worth mentioning- I can't emphasize the professionalism of the fire teams up here in the north San Fernando Valley. These guys are PROS, and I was astonished at the speed that this raging inferno under control. And limited the damage as much as they did. I am very impressed by the fire control guys working the Angeles State Forrest.

I took these 5 minutes after waking up, 6:00 am Monday morning,







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I can almost smell the fire when I look at those pictures. I am very glad Angeles made it out on top
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Here's some after pics of Angeles, public ranges are pretty much unscathed.
Oh and the yellow jackets are apenuts right now.




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No doubt about it, Angeles Range dodged a MAJOR bullet.
But someone please 'splain to me- what's with the hyper aggressive yellow jackets ??
What are yellow jackets good for ?
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About 1/2 mile up the canyon from us and it more or less went around us.
Cause still under investigation
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NO, just what the neighbors would have to here, they already want us shut down..
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Yellow Jacket city!!!
All their homes are burnt so they are out and angry.
I went to ASR today and had to stop shooting at least 10 times in a couple hours. One landed on my nose so they are hard to ignore.
I ended up chasing them off with a pistol rug in hand.
But I had the whole pistol side to myself for an hour! : )

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I'll point him out on Sunday Oji.

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I tried calling them a few times today. No one answered. are you sure they are open?
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Phone lines are a mess, mostly laying on the road, no idea on that fix yet.
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I recommend putting on some repellent to help with the Yellow Jackets -- It's not perfect, but it does help a bit, plus not having food around or uncovered drinks. I use a repellent that is 100% DEET (the same stuff I use when I go to Belize).
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Oh man if its that bad, no thank you! How long do you think they will stick around?
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Phone lines are probably still out.
Phone lines are still out, range is OPEN for business, yellow jackets have taken a permanent vacation !
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Is the electricity up and running? Wed night shooting still available?
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Guys I dont wanna sound like too much of a pansy, but I will. Can you guys keep me updated on when those things freakin leave! I do not want to be swatting those things with a loaded rifle infront of me! Better yet, I dont want the guy next to me swatting at them or tryin to shoot them down, while one is flying right in front of me!
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Other than the phones are still out, maybe Wed 10-22-08, we are back to normal business, bee problem is almost back to normal for this time of year.
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So it looks like Scotty's place got burned up....The shoot house has some scorch marks on it (though if I recall, it had some before) looks like they lost a few vehicles also....oh well, they were probably all shot up....hope the trailers didnt get too hot and burn whats inside of them.....
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So it looks like Scotty's place got burned up....The shoot house has some scorch marks on it (though if I recall, it had some before) looks like they lost a few vehicles also....oh well, they were probably all shot up....hope the trailers didnt get too hot and burn whats inside of them.....
Awww sh**...I was going to take his class soon... Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
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Just came back from ASR. First time up there since the fire. Man, that was CLOSE! Electric Factory and bear308 described it fairly accurately. On the drive up, you have charred and burned terrain on your left and right, all up the hillsides. There was even one tree that looked like it burned from the inside out and collapsed. The fire went all the way up to the parking lot, then somehow went around the range to eat up the hills behind the backstops. One ember, a gentle breeze, and POOF! Gone. It's a minor miracle the structures escaped with relatively no damage. As one RO put it, "God's got membership in the NRA."

We really can't take for granted the few public shooting facilities we have left. If it ain't an angry community of neighboring homes, or gun grabbing bureaucrats, or random Acts of God, it's something.

I really appreciated shooting with friends at ASR today.

(Oh, and there were a few yellow jackets around, but not too bad.)
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Great to see the fire bypassed it. I will see you guys one of these Sundays, probably soon. I almost came last Sunday.

BM,BB,Bam, I will try to contact you to see if you will be there next Sun.
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Great to see the fire bypassed it. I will see you guys one of these Sundays, probably soon. I almost came last Sunday.

BM,BB,Bam, I will try to contact you to see if you will be there next Sun.
Hey Paul, we probably won't be there this Sunday, but probably the Sunday after that


The Jello Yackets were to bad, although I did have one land right on my sight rib as I was shooting clays. I closed my eyes when I pulled the trigger to ensure I didn't get stung in the eye.
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So since everything's already all charred... does that mean we can shoot bi-metal jacket wolf?
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The Jello Yackets were to bad, although I did have one land right on my sight rib as I was shooting clays. I closed my eyes when I pulled the trigger to ensure I didn't get stung in the eye.

Keep me updated. There was a few yellow jackets at Lytle creek yesterday too.

Remington makes a .22lr ammo named Yellow Jacket, lol.

I fired some .22lr Remington Viper yesterday, appropriate, this range had a rattler problem.
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