Homeowner fees recommended to address Colorado fires

By: The Associated Press
September 30, 2013 Updated: September 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm
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photo - Lynd Fitzgerald sprays fire retardant around a house while a fire burns out of control in the background north of Shoup Road and East of Highway 83 Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette file)
Lynd Fitzgerald sprays fire retardant around a house while a fire burns out of control in the background north of Shoup Road and East of Highway 83 Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette file) 

DENVER — A group convened by Gov. John Hickenlooper says Colorado homeowners living in high-risk wildfire areas should be assessed a fee, and officials should adopt statewide building requirements to mitigate damage from destructive fires.

The group also recommends that the state develop a map of areas where development overlaps with forested areas to calculate risks to individual properties.

Hickenlooper said Monday that homeowners living in high-risk areas must share some of the responsibility to address wildfire danger.

Historic wildfire seasons these last two summers have brought more attention to how to mitigate and try to prevent big fires. Hickenlooper created the task force in January.

Colorado lawmakers and local officials will now work to determine what to do with the recommendations.

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