- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Legislation to boost a grant program that helps communities remove forest fuels to prevent wildfires has been signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The measure adds $1 million to the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program that was created in 2013. The program started with $9.8 million in funds. The grants are managed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Hickenlooper signed the bill in Durango on Tuesday. While there, he also signed a bill aimed at helping veterans get experience in forest management and projects that reduce wildfire risk.

With the bill, Colorado’s Department of Public Safety can use a wildfire fund to train, equip, and supervise crews comprised of veterans.

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Online:

Senate Bill 22: https://goo.gl/LVmnHA

Senate Bill 205: https://goo.gl/vL8dWv


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