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Sep 25, 2012 7:21 PM by Kate Richards

New rules could pass for controlled burns

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers have advanced a proposal to tighten standards for controlled burns like one that grew out of control and killed three people and damaged two dozen homes in March.

But they are struggling to come up with a figure that addresses how much money the state should be liable for in cases where it's responsible for tragedies.

The March wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver grew from a prescribed burn.

On Tuesday, a panel reviewing legislation to introduce next year approved bills to implement a state prescribed burn program and extend tax credits for landowners that conduct fire mitigation. Those ideas still need another committee's approval and could still be modified.

Lawmakers rejected an idea to raise the state liability cap from $600,000 to $1.2 million.

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