City Council OKs first reading of fire-code changes

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After months of debate and delay, City Council has passed the first reading of changes to the fire code as a result of the Waldo Canyon fire.

The Fire Department’s fire marshal met with more than 1,200 people, the Home Builders Association, City Council and Mayor Steve Bach to develop the amendment. The efforts focused on increasing the ignition resistance of new structures in the urban-wildland interface.

“This code change is intended to further the safety of our community and the safety for the generations to come,” said Fire Marshal Brett Lacey.

Council will pass the final ordinance at its January meeting. There is no second meeting in December because of the holidays.

The new ordinance applies to new homes on the hillsides of Colorado Springs. A map of the affected area can be found on the city’s website.

Click here to read about the specifics of the fire code changes.