An afternoon cold front will limit afternoon temperatures to the 50-60s on Thursday. Expect the chance for rain showers this afternoon, transitioning to a rain/snow mix overnight and for the first half of Friday. Higher elevations have the best chance to see accumulating snow, although snowfall totals look fairly low at this time, with 1-2" possible for Monument and areas of Teller County. For the latest on the forecast, head over to the "Weather" tab.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed support for legislation that's been introduced to combat wildfires, including tax incentives for mitigation and funding to buy better equipment for firefighters.
But the Democratic governor indicated he's not ready to support more aggressive suggestions from Republicans who want a state-owned aerial firefighting fleet, or a building codes and fees proposed by a wildfire task force that Hickenlooper created.
Hickenlooper said Thursday he believes incentives for homeowners to conduct mitigation on their properties will work better than building mandates, or fees for living in high-risk fire areas. He says a state-owned fleet could be too costly.
In addition to tax credits, lawmakers are proposing a death benefit to wildland firefighters and changes to the state's prescribed burning program.
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