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Exploding targets banned on national forests

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PORTLAND — The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday banned exploding targets on all national forests in Washington and Oregon, blaming them on at least five wildfires which burned over 15,000 acres in the region since last year.

Forest Service officials said they caused at least two fires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest last year: The Goat Fire near Pateros burned about 7,000 acres from Sept. 15 to Nov. 9; and a 120-acre fire in the Mud Creek area near Entiat, which grew to 10 acres in 10 minutes, and to 95 acres in just over an hour last October.

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