Oct 31, 2013 9:54 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Committee pre-approves eight wildfire bills

DENVER - The Wildfire Matters Reviews Committee is considering new legislature concerning wildfire mitigation and public safety.

Eight bills and two resolutions have been given preliminary approval. All bills must be approved by the General Assembly in 2014.

The committee, which includes Senators Jeanne Nicholson (D-Gilpin County), Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton) and Matt Jones (D-Louisville), are hoping that these bills will help the public and the firefighters themselves.

"Fighting unpredictable wildfire is an extremely dangerous job taken on by thousands of brave men and women in Colorado every year," said Sen. Tochtrop. "In the unthinkable event that a firefighter is killed in the line of duty while working for the state or a local government, Bill #7 would provide a $10,000 death benefit to their surviving family members."

Below is a brief description of the approved eight bills and two resolutions.

Bill 2 -- Removal Of Trees By Local Govs To Reduce Fire Risk

Bill 3 -- Prohib Ag Burning Fire Danger & Restrict Fireworks

Bill 4 -- Allow CWRPDA Private Entity Forest Health Loans

Bill 5 -- Change Wildfire Mitigation Tax Deduction To Credit

Bill 6 -- Local Firefighter Safety Grant Program

Bill 7 -- Wildland Firefighters Death Benefit Payments

Bill 8 -- Immunity Of Public Agencies Against Liability from Insurance Company Wildfire Mitigation

Bill 10 -- Create Wildfire Information & Resource Center

Resolution 1 -- Honor Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots

Resolution 2 - Honor Colorado National Guard



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