Wildfire Bills Set for Governor’s Signature

May 24, 2013

Wildfire prevention measures passed after Colorado’s tragic wildfire season last year are expected to be signed into law Thursday by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The governor plans to sign the bills at Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez.

One of the bills puts new curbs on prescribed burns on state forest land. The safeguards include a new requirement that people tend the fire as long as it’s burning, along with a requirement that nearby residents are alerted to planned burns.

The other bill gives the governor more flexibility to send money to fight wildfires in an emergency.

Six people died in three major wildfires last year.

Photo:FEMA/Michael Rieger
Photo:FEMA/Michael Rieger

Hickenlooper also had a list of economic development bills he planned to sign into law at locations across southwestern Colorado.

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