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It’s easy to forget about the perennial threat of Colorado wildfires this time of year …

Author: Dan Njegomir - February 10, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

… but then again, maybe not. Fox 31 Denver just posted this update on a Boulder County brush fire threatening homes earlier this morning:

…Which gives some current context — even in mid-winter — to a bill now making its way through the legislature. Senate Bill 50, introduced by Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, unanimously passed the full Senate Thursday and now heads to the House.

The seemingly modest measure is worth a mention as another hedge against the devastating fires that can claim lives and property in our state. The Senate Republican press shop put out this statement on the legislation:

Forest fires are a persistent threat in Colorado, and Senate Bill 17-050 helps prevent the damage and devastation left in their wake.

Senate Bill 50 merges two existing grants to provide continuous funding to rural communities at persistent risk of destructive wildfire.

“Consolidating these grants will help rural Colorado communities continue to reduce risks posed by wildfire and establish forward-looking land stewardship practices,” said Cooke. “Wildfires are a constant threat to Colorado, and we will continue to take steps to protect people, property, and firefighters from the dangers fires present.”

 

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.