ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)– A new bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis is designed to help Colorado better fight wildfires. Polis signed Senate Bill 40 into law at Arvada Fire Station 5 on Monday.

It creates Colorado’s first fire commission. The group will work to come up with ideas to better prevent and prepare for wildfires.

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They will also take a closer look at how the state responds to them.

“Let’s say a large fire, where you have several agencies coming together. Looking at those policies and seeing how we can do things better,” said Rep. Tony Exum, Sr., a Democrat representing Colorado Springs.

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The group will include 24 voting members.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Colorado Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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