Penalties For Unattended Fires May Go Up

Lawmakers in the State Legislature have introduced a new bill, aimed at cutting down on preventable wildfires in Colorado. If passed, people who leave campfires burning on public lands in the state would face more strenuous penalties and fines. The State House of Representatives approved the bill yesterday, which would increase fines for anyone caught leaving a fire burning on public lands, to $750, and would also subject the violator to up to six months in jail. Under current law, anyone caught leaving a campfire unattended faces a $50 fine. The bill must be passed by the Senate, before it can be sent to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk.

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