Prescribed Burning Rules

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control has adopted new prescribed burning rules.  The rules will be reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Legislative Legal Services before they go into effect.

See the Rules and Regulation Concerning Prescribed Burning in Colorado and the Colorado Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Policy Guide for more information. 

Proposed Wildfire Legislation

Several bills regarding wildfire are up for review in the Colorado legislature this session.

SB 14-047 Wildland Firefighters Death Benefit Payments

This bill would direct the state to make a lump-sum payment of $10,000 to the survivors of a seasonal wildland firefighter employed by state or local government and killed in the line of duty.


SB 14-046 Local Firefighter Safety Grant Program

This bill would create a local firefighter safety and disease prevention fund that would be used to support training and the purchase of equipment designed to increase firefighter safety and prevent occupation-related diseases.


HB 1010 Corrections to Prescribed Burning Program

This bill makes several technical corrections to the bill that created a prescribed burning program in the Department of Public Safety.


HB 14-1009 Change Wildfire Mitigation Tax Deduction

This bill would change the wildfire mitigation income tax deduction to an income tax credit, reducing taxes dollar for dollar up to $2,500.


SB 14-045 Responsibility of Local Officials Wildland Fire Management 

This bill would amend current provisions specifying the authority and responsibility among state and local officials in regards to wildfire management.


SB 14-077 Concurrent Jurisdiction over USFS & BLM Land

This bill would allow the state to retain concurrent legislative jurisdiction with the federal government on U.S Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management land within the state.


 SB 14-097 Immunity of Public Agencies Against Liability Arising from the Wildfire Mitigation Activities of Insurance Companies

This bill would protect public agencies intending to protect private property from civil liability.


Renewed Funding for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program has again been fully funded with $40 million for FY14.  The CFLR program is a federal program designed to provide funding for collaborative groups around the nation to restore forest health by removing the unnatural build-up of brush and small diameter trees, which can fuel megafires.  145 local, regional, and national level stakeholders from 22 states are working on landscape-scale restoration projects driven by science-based practices.  The program is helping to make our forests healthier, protect our watersheds, improve ecological conditions, and infuse funds into local economies on a broad scale.  The program is funding forest restoration projects along the Front Range in the Pike and Araphaho/Roosevelt National Forests.  Find out more about the national initiative on the U.S. Forest Service’s CFLRP page, and learn more about local efforts on the Front Range Roundtable website.

Report questions mitigation efforts in Black Forest

A report released by the Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners investigates the level of mitigation communities affected by the 2013 Black Forest Fire completed before the fire and how effective mitigation efforts were.  KOAA 5 talks to Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners representatives and outlines legislation introduced at the state level addressing prevention and response to wildfires in their report – News 5 Guardians: Report questions mitigation efforts in Black Forest

Natural Resources Grants Database

The Colorado State Forest Service has launched a searchable database for funding opportunities related to natural resources.  The database is geared toward helping community groups, educators, fire departments, businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, individuals, landowners, researchers, and others interested in promoting the health of Colorado’s natural resources find funding and assistance opportunities for their projects and programs.  Funding opportunities for programs in agroforestry, wildfire mitigation, watershed protection, forest health, education, and more are included in the database.  The database includes more than 50 active grants and assistance programs, and more will be added as they become available.  The database is free and does not require a login.

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Lessons Learned from the Black Forest Fire

The more mitigation an area has, the better the survival odds for people, for property, for the firefighters, and for the forest itself

Take a look at this great video from the Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners about the lessons learned from the 2013 Black Forest Fire.

The Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners’ Black Forest Fire Assessment Team Report to the Governor of Colorado provides a more in depth discussion of the efficacy of defensible space and wildfire mitigation strategies in the communities affected by the 2013 Black Forest Fire.

$2500 Wildfire Mitigation Income Tax Deduction

Colorado landowners with property located in a wildland-urban interface area may qualify to receive a tax subtraction for the costs of wildfire mitigation work.  As authorized by §39-22-104(4)(n)(ll)), C.R.S., for income tax years 2009 through 2024 individuals, estates and trusts may subtract from federal taxable income certain costs incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures. For qualifications and limitations under the Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction, please see FYI: Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction from the Colorado Department of Revenue Taxpayer Service Division.


Pile Burning Scheduled

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte’s fuels management crews are scheduled to begin pile burning in the next few weeks.

Crews will begin burning piles located north of Divide within the Ute Lakes Fishing and Recreation Club, and east of Woodland Park at the Glen Aspen Boy Scout Camp, off of Loy Creek Road. Burning will occur as weather and conditions allow throughout the next few months.

Smoke may be visible on Highway 24, County Road 5, Highway 67, Rampart Range Road and Loy Creek Road. Smoke-sensitive residents should consider staying indoors and keeping doors, windows and outside vents closed.

Fuels management staff will post road signs around the areas affected by the pile burns and send Nixel notifications.  For more information please contact the Coalition for the Upper South Platte at or 719.748.0033

Udall Works to Safeguard Proactive, Cost-Saving Wildfire Prevention Efforts

Udall Works to Safeguard Proactive, Cost-Saving Wildfire Prevention Efforts

Bipartisan Legislation Strengthens Colorado Communities’ Abilities to Protect Lives, Homes

As part of his longtime push to ensure firefighters have the resources they need to protect Colorado communities from wildfire, Mark Udall joined a bipartisan effort today in the U.S. Senate to modernize the funding structure for fighting and preventing wildfires. The bipartisan, money-saving bill prevents federal agencies from draining funding from proactive and cost-saving wildfire prevention programs and allows access to emergency funding to support immediate fire response.

“The cost of fighting wildfire has increased fivefold in recent years, which forces the U.S. Forest Service to cut back on forest health efforts that help prevent fires before they start. It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul — and if this cycle continues, it will only lead to more catastrophic mega-fires like the Waldo Canyon Fire, the High Park Fire and the Black Forest Fire,” Udall said. “My common-sense plan ensures that Coloradans finally have the resources we need to save lives and homes in the event of another modern mega-fire without undermining valuable fire prevention programs like hazardous fuels reduction.”

The bipartisan bill would give the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Forest Service the ability to fund modern mega-fire response as natural disasters, separate from smaller wildfires. This approach would prevent the federal government from depleting its forest health and fire-mitigation efforts to pay for the costs of fighting large mega-fires, thereby keeping Coloradans more safe from devastating fires.

Udall, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has been a leading voice for ensuring that Colorado and the West have adequate resources to prepare for and combat wildfire, including pressing the U.S. Forest Service to quickly adopt the Government Accountability Office’s recent recommendations on how to upgrade its air tanker fleet. Udall sent a bipartisan letter last year pressing the White House Office of Management and Budget to make wildfire prevention and hazardous fuels treatments a priority. He also led the fight to ensure the Forest Service was able to cut through red tape and secure seven next-generation air tankersOne of the next-generation air tankers Udall fought to acquire helped fight the Black Forest Fire.

Udall has been a strong supporter of using public-private partnerships to improve forest health, including biomass projects like the one Xcel Energy is pursuing. Udall also has heralded the efforts of private companies, like Montrose Forest Products, that are creating jobs by turning beetle-killed trees and other forest products into commercial lumber. He recently led a bipartisan push to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to partner with the timber industy to reduce wildfire risks in fire-prone areas, create jobs and strenghten forest heath.

Udall has also worked to permanently reauthorize the job-creating Stewardship Contracting authority for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

Please contact Mike Saccone at 202-224-4334.