Wildfire bills set for governor's signature

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) -- Wildfire prevention measures passed after Colorado's horrible wildfire season last year are expected to be signed into law Thursday by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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

One of the bills puts new safety curbs on prescribed burns on state forest land. The safeguards include a new requirement that people attend 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.

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

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