Fire Protection of Forests and Vegetation

ORS 477.993


Violation of any of the provisions of ORS 477.510 (Acts prohibited during fire season), 477.515 (Permits required for fires on forestlands), 477.535 (Forester may proclaim forestland subject to restricted uses) to 477.550 (Violation of restrictions), 477.565 (Felling dead trees and snags), 477.615 (Additional water supply and equipment), 477.625 (Permit to use fire or power-driven machinery), 477.635 (Authority to issue, refuse, suspend or revoke permit) to 477.670 (When use of fire or power-driven machinery prohibited), 477.695 (Removal of flammable material from railroad rights of way), 477.710 (Starting of campfire or other open fire restricted), 477.720 (Accidentally setting fire to forestland) or 477.740 (Unlawful use of fire), or any rule or order adopted pursuant thereto, is a violation punishable as follows:


For the first offense, as a Class D violation.


For the second offense, as a Class C violation.


For the third offense, as a Class A violation.


Multiple violations of any single requirement of this chapter, or of any rule or order adopted pursuant thereto, in an operation area shall be considered a single violation. However, each day a violation continues shall be considered a separate violation.


Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, violations of any of the statutes listed in subsection (1) of this section which proximately cause human injury, loss of human life or property damage of $10,000 or more, and unauthorized entry into a fire scene secured under the authority of ORS 477.365 (Duties and powers of wardens) (1)(f), may be punishable as a Class A misdemeanor.


Violations and punishments set forth in this section and ORS 477.740 (Unlawful use of fire) are in addition to and not in lieu of the provisions of ORS 164.305 (Definitions for ORS 164) to 164.335 (Reckless burning). [Subsections (1) and (2) of 1963 Replacement Part and subsections (1) to (3) enacted as 1959 c.363 §15 (in lieu of 477.990); subsection (6) of 1963 Replacement Part enacted as 1959 c.408 §6; subsection (7) of 1963 Replacement Part enacted as 1959 c.320 §8; subsection (8) of 1963 Replacement Part enacted as 1961 c.689 §11; subsection (5) enacted as 1961 c.603 §15; 1965 c.253 §136; 1971 c.562 §2; 1971 c.743 §390; 1993 c.697 §8; 1995 c.605 §4; 1997 c.274 §34; 1999 c.1051 §103]


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