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Fire at our range tonite

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Nick Burkhardt, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The entire pistol range is up in smoke. East End Rod and Gun Club, Milton-Freewater, Oregon.:(

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  2. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Aw man, that really sucks! I hope insurance covers it! Best of luck! SRG
     
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I got a frog in my throat. lol
     
  4. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That bites! How did it start?
     
  5. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    We don't know yet. I am guessing that a spark from one of the black powder cowboy shooters smoldered for a few hours and got a fire going after the range was closed.

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  6. 41Slinger

    41Slinger Harrisburg Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Bad news Nick, maybe with insurance you'll end up with a nice new facility, sucks right now though. Keep us up to speed. Other parts of the facility ok ?
     
  7. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yes, only the pistol range was lost. The whole facility will be closed for a week or two for clean up.
     
  8. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if the shooting lanes were insured against fire damage. Most of the structures were built by our members with donated materials. The most recent official word is that the pistol range is closed indefinitely and it will be quite some time before the shotgun and rifle ranges are open. Our range has always opened the 1,000 yard range up to the public in the fall so non-member hunters could come zero their rifles. Hopefully everyone in the community will pitch in. Maybe we can start a GoFund Me or something like that?

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  9. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry to hear that.
    I hope they had some insurance and don't have a ton of red tape or road blocks trying to rebuild and open.
     
  10. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Watch for Arson.. I never trust what an ANTI would do to shut a range down.
     
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  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Did it take out half the town or was it a localized event?
     
  12. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    We did have a lawyer who bought his house two miles away try and shut us down in 2013 through planning and zoning, but we have been operating since before 1995 so our non-conforming land use was grandfathered in. The lawyer appealed to the State LUBA and lost, but it cost us six figures for our legal defense.

    There is a caretakers house at the gated entrance that was not effected. I am thinking that it was stacked hay bales fermenting or the last black powder shooter of the day.

    You can see in today's picture that some of the fields were scorched, but it was contained to the range property. Town is over a mile and a half away.
     
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  13. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    You'll be in our thoughts. Please do keep us posted. Is this a private range, member owned non-profit?
     
  14. tikkahunter

    tikkahunter dundee Member

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    Sorry to hear that I used to shoot shotguns there with friends of mine 13 yrs ago when I was going to school in walla walla. Good luck with the rebuild
     
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  15. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's a major bummer. Glad no one was hurt. I hope you guys can get things up and running sooner rather than later.
     
  16. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Non-profit, member run and supported. We have a card lock gate, but open the range to non-members for various events and training throughout the year. Local law enforcement is also welcome to train there free of charge.

    http://www.eergunclub.com/
     
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  17. Kid@Heart

    Kid@Heart Vancouver, USA Cynic Lifetime Supporter Diamond Supporter

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    Was Bloomberg in town?
     
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  18. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Nick,
    Convo started.:)
     
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  19. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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  20. 45alive

    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    Thaaattttsss what I was thinking, hmmm.:s0153: :s0150: