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Law Stiffening Penalties For Leaving Unattended Campfires Goes Into Effect In Colorado

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With wildfires continuing to burn in Colorado, two laws are going into effect aimed at fighting and preventing them in the future. 

As The Denver Post reports, the penalties for leaving a campfire unattended or not fully extinguished in grasslands or a forest just became tougher under a new state law that went into effect Sunday. 

Under that law, violators will be hit with a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $750, six months in jail or both.

A law that takes effect in August prohibits people from obstructing first responders by flying a drone into or near a wildfire. 

Violators could face a hefty fine or even jail time under that measure, which also passed during the 2018 legislative session.