Colorado governor John Hickenlooper appointed a task force to study whether homes in the state's wilderness areas should be subject to special codes. But the task force is split on what to recommend, reports the Durango Herald: ("Mandated statewide fire code proves controversial," by Joe Hanel).

Several members of Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration are pushing for a statewide code to require homeowners in wildfire-prone areas to create defensible space around their houses," the paper reports. "But local governments and homebuilders are fighting the effort."