RITTER RELEASES WILDFIRE PREVENTION PLAN
"We must always be prepared for the worst," said Ritter,
Ritter's plan calls for:
· Increased collaboration among state, federal and local authorities and private landowners to mitigate and prevent wildfires before they start through thinning, prescribed burns and adopting "firewise" techniques that make homes and businesses more defensible.
· Ensuring that state resources – including more than $3 million appropriated for fire suppression by the legislature and governor – are spent effectively and efficiently.
"Wildfires are a natural part of the environment here in the West," said Ritter, who was endorsed by the Colorado Professional Firefighters Association earlier this year. "But we can and must do more to protect ourselves."
Ritter applauded U.S. Ken Salazar, who criticized the federal government yesterday for not doing enough to reduce fire risks in the West, where more than 4 million acres have burned so far this year compared with 3 million at this time last year.