I was reminded of that by this news story:
BLM officials say they believe the blaze was caused when a bullet hit a rock and sparked the fire. This is the 20th target-shooting related fire this year in Utah, they said.Setting aside any institutional bias of "BLM officials" against shooters, I guess there's a safety tip to be had here. While I suppose that it's theoretically possible that a fleeting spark from a steel-cored or -jacketed round could maybe have hit the lucky grass stem in just the right place*, tracers are always a more likely suspect. If just "shooting" caused that many wildfires, Elmer Keith would have burned Idaho to the waterline thrice over.
Once upon a time, I managed to accidentally get a little fire going on the hillside behind our targets with some .30 Carbine tracer ammo. Trudging back and forth into the Georgia loblollies with buckets of water to douse what was, all in all, not much of a fire learned me all the lesson I needed on tracers. Remember, kids: Only you can prevent forest fires, and you can prevent them by using Smokey Bear's shovel to go upside the head of the dimwit shooting tracers into the brush...
(*I have to believe this was rifle shooting and the initial smoldering happened hundreds of yards downrange. The idea that pistol shooters could have wandered away from a fire started by burning powder flakes more or less right at their feet is too *headdesk* to contemplate.)
EDIT: I am informed in comments by Joel that you damn skippy can set a dry range alight with steel-cored ammo. Having done most of my shooting in the verdant East, but with the northern half of Indiana having been declared in "severe drought" the other day, this is good to know.