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The Indian Gulch Fire in 2011 (credit: CBS)

The Indian Gulch Fire in 2011 (credit: CBS)

GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) – Wildfire prevention measures passed after Colorado’s tragic wildfire season last year have been signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The governor signed the bills at Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez.

One of the bills puts new curbs on prescribed burns on state forest land. The safeguards include a new requirement that people tend the fire as long as it’s burning, along with a requirement that nearby residents are alerted to planned burns.

The other bill gives the governor more flexibility to send money to fight wildfires in an emergency.

Six people died in three major wildfires last year.

Hickenlooper also had a list of economic development bills he signed into law at locations across southwestern Colorado.

Wildfire Resources

- Visit CBSDenver.com’s Wildfire Resources section.

- Read recent Wildfire stories.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

- See images from the most destructive wildfires (Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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