Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Colorado Governor Signs Orders Aimed at Decreasing Wildland Fire Threats

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three executive orders aimed at reducing risks and losses from fires in the wildland-urban interface, where more than a quarter of Colorado’s population lives, reports the Denver Post.

Last year the state experienced more than 4,000 wildland fires, which took six lives and burned more than 385,000 acres and more than 600 structures, he said. Preliminary damage estimates total almost $538 million.

“It was a very hard year. Those affected by wildfires continue to rebuild their lives, to rebuild their communities,” Hickenlooper said at an 11:30 a.m. news conference at the Capitol.

Hickenlooper created the 17-member Task Force on Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health to review issues related to coverage — including replacement costs of destroyed homes, accounting for personal property losses, relocation assistance and timeliness of insurance benefits.

The task force is also to look for ways insurance policies could provide incentives to landowners to promote forest health and reduce fire risks.

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