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Fire codes getting tougher after Waldo Canyon Fire

Published On: Dec 12 2012 07:39:24 AM CST
Waldo Canyon Wildfire from Hanson driveway

Brandon Hanson/CNN iReport

Brandon Hanson, 29, snaps a photo from his driveway of thick plumes of smoke, some spiking as high as 20,000 feet.


Fire codes could be getting stricter in the Colorado Springs neighborhood devastated by last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire.

Colorado Springs' city council has given preliminary approval to fire code changes to make homes more fire resistant in the foothills.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says the changes will make homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood more fire resistant if they're rebuilt.

The Fire Department proposed the changes after the Waldo Canyon blaze destroyed 346 homes. Fire Marshal Brett Lacey has said that hundreds of homes might still be standing had the tougher fire codes been in place.

The fire code changes would apply only to rebuilds and new construction on vacant lots, not to existing structures.