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Jun 4, 2012 7:50 AM by Kate Richards

New wildfire compensation bills to be set in place

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is preparing to add his signature to two bills that will provide victims of the state-caused Lower North Fork fire ways to seek more compensation.

The bills being signed Monday will retroactively add state-set wildfires to the list of state immunity exemptions. The changes will give victims of the recent Lower North Fork Fire the chance to seek state compensation beyond a $600,000 liability cap.

The March wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver killed three people and damaged two dozen houses, causing at least $11 million in property damage. It started when a prescribed burn on state forest land flared up a few days after it appeared to be extinguished.

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