Colorado lawmakers are advancing a proposal budgeting $17.6 million for victims of a wildfire that killed three people and burned down two dozen homes in the foothills southwest of Denver.

The wildfire near Conifer in 2012 grew out of a state prescribed burn, making the state liable for damages. A bill given initial approval by the full Senate Friday identifies 20 parties with outstanding claims from the Lower North Fork Fire.
A lawmaker sponsoring the bill read the names of each of the claimants while presenting the proposal. The bill still needs a recorded vote in the Senate before going to the House.