Helping prevent and fight wildfires is one of the top priorities for Colorado lawmakers in both parties this session. But so far, substantial policy changes recommended by the Governor’s wildfire task force are being rejected. As Bente Birkeland reports, the current package of legislative proposals is not nearly as aggressive as some would like.
Lawmakers and Governor Hickenlooper are touting a package of bills they say will help prevent and fight wildfires. Most of the measures stem from an interim committee that met in the off session. Bente Birkeland has more at the state capitol.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is disputing statements made by Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey that this summer’s wildfire that destroyed more than 500 homes and killed two people was caused by humans and "likely intentional."
A new state committee tasked with studying wildfire issues has wrapped up its work. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers is recommending a tax credit to encourage people to mitigate fire risks and a proposal to give individual counties more authority to cut down hazardous trees. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Despite the numbers of people who stepped in to volunteer during this summers East Peak Fire, Huerfano County is looking to be better prepared when it comes to organizing volunteers. As KRCC’s Kate Dunn reports, the county wants to set up a pre-established a team that would be ready in the event of any disaster.
The call went out in early September for 20 to 25 people to help fill the Community Emergency Response Team, but Huerfano County’s emergency Manager, Diego Bobian says recruitment has been slow.