Fees considered for homes in urban interface areas

Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) --- All the fires ravaging through the state of Colorado have Governor Hickenlooper taking action.

He has set up a task force to research different ways to go about building homes on urban interface areas.

Some recommendations being thrown around are additional fire protection fees for high risk areas, changing insurance rates, enforcing vegetation regulations and stricter building codes.

Mike Page, Public Information Office for the Grand Junction Fire Department, said that although fire officials can not decided where people can and can not build houses, they can give advice in case a fire happens.

Tips include, keeping vegetation clear from around the home, getting fire resistant shutters to keep heat out and making sure there is enough room for fire fighters to work around your house if a fire does break out.

The task force is set to present their recommendations to Governor Hickenlooper at the end of summer.


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