Additional Amount Not Considered Emergency Fire Suppression Costs
(1)Notwithstanding OAR 629-165-0005 (Emergency Fires), it is a policy of the committee that a district is expected to pay an amount of fire suppression costs in addition to the pre-planned dispatch, before any costs are considered emergency fire suppression costs. This additional amount in most cases will be $25,000 per day or per fire as follows:
(a)If multiple fires occur on the same day within a district, only one additional amount of $25,000 may be applied to the sum of the costs of all the fires that began on that day.
(b)If any individual fire or group of fires that began on the same day (or from the same lightning storm that continues into a second day, at the discretion of the committee) burns past midnight, or the suppression action continues for multiple days, only one additional amount of $25,000 may be applied to the sum of the costs of those fires.
(c)If one fire or a group of fires begin on one day and suppression action continues for multiple days, and then a new fire or group of fires begin on a different day, an additional amount of $25,000 may be applied to each day that new fires are ignited.
(2)The additional amount described in section (1) may be modified or waived by the committee if conditions so warrant. Conditions that may warrant modification or waiver include, but are not limited to:
(a)The unencumbered balance of the fund is determined to be in excess of the reserve base established in ORS 477.760 (Reserve base of fund fixed).
(b)A district requesting waiver has over-expended the regular protection budget for the year in which the waiver request is made.
(3)If the additional amounts described in section (1) of this rule directly result in an increase in a district’s annual budget greater than fifteen cents per acre on timberland or six cents on grazing land, the committee may waive that part in excess of these amounts. It is the committee’s intent that the maximum effect of section (1) of this rule on a district budget will be limited to an additional fifteen cents per acre on timberland and six cents per acre on grazing land.
Rule 629-165-0010 — Additional Amount Not Considered Emergency Fire Suppression Costs,