Last fall’s Goat Mountain Fire in Okanogan County was caused by people shooting at exploding targets, the U.S. Forest Service announced today.
No one has been arrested in connection with the blaze that burned 7,378 acres.
The fire started on the evening of Sept. 15 about three miles southwest of Pateros and wasn’t declared controlled until Nov. 9. The fire burned mostly in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, but also burned adjacent U.S. Bureau of Land Management and private lands under state Department of Natural Resources protection.
The fire was one of five major wildfires in Eastern Washington last fall that were battled by thousands of firefighters.