Rural Fire Protection Districts

ORS 478.001


As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:


“Board of directors” or “district board” means the governing body of a district.


“County” means the county in which the district, or the greater portion of the taxable assessed value of the district, is located.


“County board” means the county court or board of county commissioners of the county.


“District” means a rural fire protection district proposed to be organized or organized under, or subject to, this chapter.


“Owner” or “landowner” means a legal owner of real property or the vendee of a contract of purchase of real property, if any, to the exclusion of the vendor. The term includes a unit owner, as defined in ORS 100.005 (Definitions).


As used in ORS 478.960 (Burning of certain materials permitted only with permission of fire chief):


“Commercial waste” means any waste produced in any business involving the lease or sale, including wholesale and retail, of goods or services, including but not limited to housing, and means any waste produced by a governmental, educational or charitable institution; however, it does not include any waste produced in a dwelling containing four living units or less.


“Demolition material” means any waste resulting from the complete or partial destruction of any man-made structure such as a house, apartment, commercial building or industrial building.


“Domestic waste” means any nonputrescible waste, consisting of combustible materials, such as paper, cardboard, yard clippings, wood, or similar materials, generated in a dwelling, including the real property upon which it is situated, containing four living units or less.


“Field burning” means the burning of any grass field, grain field, pasture, rangeland or other field by open burning or by use of mobile equipment or flaming equipment on any land or vegetation.


“Industrial waste” means any waste resulting from any process or activity of manufacturing or construction.


“Land clearing debris” means any waste generated by the removal of debris, logs, trees, brush or demolition material from any site in preparation for land improvement or construction projects.


“Open burning” means any burning conducted in such a manner that combustion air is not effectively controlled and that combustion products are not vented through a stack or chimney, including but not limited to burning conducted in open outdoor fires, common burn barrels and backyard incinerators. [1969 c.667 §2; 1975 c.635 §3; 1983 c.83 §95; 1983 c.350 §282; 1987 c.834 §5]
Chapter 478

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Propriety of office holding of a land owning nonresident elected director of a rural fire protection district, (1975) Vol 37, p 873

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 53 (1971)


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