State officials have passed a bill that would create a grant program for groups doing mitigation outreach across the state.
COLORADO, United States — As Colorado faces what experts say will be the worst wildfire season in state history, lawmakers are looking to boost wildfire mitigation efforts.
The State House on Friday passed House Bill 1007, which would create a grant program for organizations that conduct wildfire mitigation outreach in at-risk areas. The bill would also expand an existing income tax deduction and create a new state income tax credit to reimburse property owners for the costs of implementing wildfire mitigation measures on their property.
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“Now is the time for action on wildfire prevention efforts,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara. “My heart goes out to everyone displaced by the recent wildfire in Monte Vista and yet this is another reminder of why we need to invest in prevention efforts to protect communities and build a safer state. ”
It comes as officials said hot weather and dry conditions could push Colorado into the worst fire conditions in more than a decade. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for more than half the state on Friday, citing conditions even more severe than they were for the Marshall Fire – the most severe wildfire. wrecker in Colorado history that destroyed more than 1,000 Boulder County homes in December.
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