HB18-1051

HB18-1051 - Statutory Provisions Extinguish Unattended Fires

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning statutory provisions enacted to promote the extinguishment of unattended fires.

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. Section 1 of the bill states that any person who starts or maintains a campfire commits the offense of leaving a campfire unattended if he or she knowingly or recklessly:

 

  • Fails to reasonably attend the campfire at all times; or
  • Fails to thoroughly extinguish the campfire before leaving the site.

A person who commits the offense of leaving a campfire unattended commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction of the offense, is punished by a fine of $50.

A person who commits the offense of leaving a campfire unattended where the campfire is located in a forested or grassland area commits a class 3 misdemeanor and, upon conviction of the offense, is punished by a minimum sentence of a $50 fine up to a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment or a $750 fine, or both.

This section also deletes existing statutory provisions requiring a county to post notices concerning unattended campfires.

With respect to a fire on any property under the control of the division of parks and wildlife, section 2 makes it unlawful for any person to start or maintain a fire if he or she knowingly or recklessly fails to reasonably attend the fire at all times or fails to thoroughly extinguish the fire before leaving the site.

Any person who violates this section of the bill is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, is punished by a minimum sentence of a $50 fine up to a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment or a $750 dollar fine, or both.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

 

Latest update: March 22, 2018
03/22/2018 - Governor Signed
03/15/2018 - Sent to the Governor
03/15/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
03/14/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/08/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/07/2018 - Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/06/2018 - Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/01/2018 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/21/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
02/14/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/13/2018 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/08/2018 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/10/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment