Fire crews continue air and ground operations on the Rifle Range Fire that started at the Byers Rifle Range, two miles west of Hot Sulphur Springs on 8/24/15 at 11:00am. The cause of this wildland fire was a .223 full metal jacket round that is legal and allowable at this Parks and Wildlife public range. The fire burned through sage and grasses, with sporadic torching of lodgepole pines. Incident Command reports that the fire is 80% contained and is about 625 acres in size. Ownership of the land is split between private, state and BLM. Highway 40 is OPEN through Byers Canyon. County Road 20, Byers Rifle Range and Pioneer Park In Hot Sulphur are still CLOSED. No injuries have been reported and no structures are threatened. Local, State and Federal resources are cooperating to suppress this fire quickly and efficiently. The public is encouraged to carry a fire extinguisher to any outdoor shooting range.