Gov. Bill Owens signs a bill Thursday morning in Denver, putting $3.2 million each year into a fund to help suppress wildfires.
The money will be used to preposition fire fighting equipment across the state and fight fires. The state will lease 3 air tankers that will be prepositioned in areas experts think they maybe needed. Ten fire trucks will also be prepositioned-positioned.
“It turns out that if you can get to a fire and get equipment and personnel along the fire before the fire reaches 10 acres, often we can suppress the fire. Last year we were able to do so more than 95 percent of the time,” said Gov. Owens.
Owens signed the bill at the Front Range Fuels Treatment Roundtable. The roundtable has members from more than 30 organizations and has developed a comprehensive road map for reducing dangers posed by wildfire and for restoring forests to good help.