Colorado lawmakers focus on wildfire prevention
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” Lawmakers worried about the increasing risk of wildfires from thousands of acres of trees dying from a beetle infestation say time is running out to prevent a disaster.
Republicans introduced several bills they hope will let firefighters prevent fires and plan for a catastrophic wildfire that they say is only a matter of time.
One bill sets up a fund for preventive measures such as thinning forests near urban areas, while another provides money to train volunteer firefighters. A third provides business incentives to use rotting wood, while another provides matching funds to help local governments prepare for a disaster.
On Thursday, a Senate committee backed a bipartisan proposal spelling out what kinds of things communities have to consider when coming up with a wildfire preparation plan.
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Mountain Rescue Aspen is expanding its education efforts to try to keep people safe in the backcountry during winters and summers. It will host a workshop on Dec. 8 titled, “How to Plan a Backcountry Tour.”