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    GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Luxury homes are under
    construction in remote, fire-prone mountains of western Colorado,
    worrying a fire chief who wonders if he would have enough time and
    equipment to save them.
    Some of the construction is on land burned over by last summer's
    Panorama fire, a blaze authorities blamed on sparks from a saw used
    by a crew building a house. The 1,700-acre fire between Carbondale
    and Basalt destroyed two homes.
    "This growth is hurting the fire departments," Carbondale Fire
    Chief Ron Leach told the Garfield County commissioners last week.
    Leach told commissioners the developers of one mountain
    subdivision were required to make roads and driveways wide enough
    to accommodate fire trucks and ensure adequate water for
    firefighters through hydrants or storage tanks.
    Homeowners in the subdivision will be required to thin or remove
    vegetation from a safety zone around their houses and to install
    sprinkler systems inside.
    "I don't know what else to have them do," Leach said. "We
    held them to a pretty high bar."
    The development is nine miles up a steep, narrow road from
    Carbondale, where crews would start in the event of a fire. It will
    eventually include 26 houses, all of them at least 8,000 square
    feet and two of them 12,000 square feet.
    County Commissioner Larry McGowan questioned how long the safety
    zones around the houses would remain clear of flammable growth.
    Leach and Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said their departments
    don't have the staff to do follow-up inspections, so enforcement is
    left to homeowners associations.
    Basalt fire officials have said more than 500 homes in their
    district are in "red zones" at high risk of wildfire.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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