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DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

 

DIVISION 47

ENFORCEMENT POLICY

629-047-0010

Definitions

(1) The definitions set forth in ORS 477.001 shall apply to OAR chapter 629, division 047, unless the context otherwise requires.

(2) The following words and phrases, when used in OAR chapter 629, division 047, shall mean the following unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) "Authorized Fire Warden" means a person who has been designated, a Fire Warden -- Class A or a Fire Warden -- Class B, by the forester after June 9, 1994.

(b) "Bona fide effort" means a good faith attempt to control or extinguish a fire, considering the communication facilities available, the tools available, the water available and the mental and physical condition of the person.

(c) "District Forester" means the person in charge of a district, including Oregon Department of Forestry district foresters and forest protection association district managers and district supervisors.

(d) "Fire Prevention Citation" means a uniform citation issued pursuant to ORS 477.980 to 477.993 and administrative rules adopted thereunder. Receipt of a Fire Prevention Citation subjects the violator to a fine.

(e) "Fire prevention requirements of ORS Chapter 477" means any of the permit and fire prevention requirements of:

(A) ORS 477.510, 477.515, 477.535, 477.540, 477.545, 477.550, 477.565, 477.615, 477.625, 477.635, 477.640, 477.645, 477.650, 477.655, 477.660, 477.665, 477.670, 477.695, 477.710, 477.720, 477.740; and

(B) Administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statutes listed in subsection (a) of this section; and

(C) Written orders of the forester issued pursuant to the statutes and administrative rules described in subsections (A) and (B) of this section.

(f) "Fire Prevention Warning" means written notice issued to a violator pursuant to OAR chapter 629, division 047. Receipt of a Fire Prevention Warning requires the violator to pay no fine.

(g) "Fire service agency" means fire suppression resources of, or contracted by, the Oregon Department of Forestry, a forest protective association, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a rangeland fire protection association, a rural fire protection district, a city fire department or a private fire department.

(h) "Serious violation" means a violation that results in a fire which proximately causes human injury, loss of human life, or causes property damage of $10,000 or more.

(i) "Violation" means the circumstance which exists any time a violator fails to comply with the fire prevention requirements of ORS Chapter 477.

(j) "Violator" means the corporation, operator or person subject to ORS Chapter 477 which is responsible for a violation of the fire prevention requirements of ORS Chapter 477.

(k) "Written order" means a written requirement, from the forester, for a specified practice.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0020

General Policy

It is the policy of the Oregon Department of Forestry to gain compliance with the fire prevention requirements of ORS Chapter 477 first through education and cooperation, and second through enforcement. Authorized fire wardens are to educate forest users on the need for the fire prevention requirements of ORS Chapter 477 and to cooperate with the users in formulating solutions to compliance problems within the realm of these requirements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.005
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0030

Purpose

The purpose of OAR chapter 629, division 047 is to ensure a uniform response by authorized fire wardens to violations. Exceptions to these enforcement policies are intended to be few in number and shall be approved in writing by the district forester on forms provided by the State Forester for that purpose.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.005
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0040

Basic Enforcement Action

(1) When a violation is determined to exist, an authorized fire warden shall:

(a) Issue either a Fire Prevention Citation or a Fire Prevention Warning to the violator in accordance with ORS Chapter 477 and OAR 629-047-0040 to 629-047-0280.

(A) A Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued if:

(i) A violator has been issued a Fire Prevention Citation or a Fire Prevention Warning for the same violation, in the same district, in the previous 36 months; or

(ii) The enforcement policy for the violation set forth in OAR chapter 629, division 047 requires the issuance of a Fire Prevention Citation.

(B) A Fire Prevention Warning shall be issued if the enforcement policy for the violation set forth in OAR chapter 629, division 047 requires the issuance of a Fire Prevention Warning.

(b) Not allow continuance of any portion of an operation exposed to an increased risk of fire due to a violation and existing or predicted weather conditions, until such time as compliance is restored by:

(A) Ordering, in writing, that portion of the operation stopped; and

(B) Suspending, in writing, for that portion of the operation, the permit issued under ORS 477.625. Examples:

(i) When the spark arrester on a dozer is found to be in violation of a requirement of ORS 477.645, the operator shall be ordered to cease operation of the dozer and that portion of the permit issued under 477.625 pertaining to the dozer shall be suspended until the spark arrester is in compliance.

(ii) When fire tools required by ORS 477.655 are found to be inadequate, the operator shall be ordered to cease all activity on the operation and the permit issued under 477.625 shall be suspended until the fire tools are in compliance.

(2) Timber sale contract provisions and other similar instruments shall not be used as enforcement measures in lieu of the issuance of a Fire Prevention Citation or of a Fire Prevention Warning.

(3) Notwithstanding the requirements of section (1) of this rule, a district forester may, on a case by case basis, allow an exception to these enforcement policies when circumstances warrant:

(a) In determining if circumstances warrant an exception to these enforcement policies, the district forester shall consider the following factors:

(A) A violators prior violation of the same or similar fire prevention requirements of ORS Chapter 477; and

(B) The gravity and magnitude of the violation; and

(C) Whether the violation is repeated or continuous; and

(D) Whether the cause of the violation was an unavoidable accident or a willful, malicious or negligent act; and

(E) Whether the violation constitutes a serious violation.

(b) Exceptions to these enforcement policies are intended to be few in number and shall be approved in writing by the district forester on forms provided by the State Forester for that purpose.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477-980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0050

Fire Prevention Citation Issuance Limitations

Notwithstanding the requirements of OAR 629-047-0080 to 629-047-0280, multiple violations of the same fire prevention requirement of ORS Chapter 477 on an operation shall be considered a single violation each day they continue. Examples:

(1) If five powersaw spark arrester violations are observed, only one Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued each day for powersaw spark arrester violations;

(2) If two powersaw fire extinguisher violations and one powersaw spark arrester violation are observed, only one Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued each day for powersaw fire extinguisher violations, in addition to the issuance of a Fire Prevention Citation or Fire Prevention Warning for the powersaw spark arrester violation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98

629-047-0060

Fire Prevention Enforcement Limitations

Only authorized fire wardens who have been designated a Fire Warden -- Class A, by the forester on or after the original effective date of this rule, may issue a Fire Prevention Warning or a Fire Prevention Citation for violations involving the fire prevention requirements of ORS 477.510, 477.565, 477.615, 477.625, 477.635, 477.650, 477.655, 477.660, 477.665, 477.670, and 477.695.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98; DOF 11-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-13-98; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0070

Records

(1) Each district shall maintain records of all violations occurring on and after the effective date of this rule.

(2) For each violation, districts shall record the following minimum information:

(a) Name of violator, as it appears on a driver license or as it appears in records of the Corporation Division of the Secretary of State; and

(b) Date of the violation; and

(c) A description of the violation, including the Oregon Revised Statute number and the Oregon Administrative Rule number; and

(d) Whether a Fire Prevention Citation or a Fire Prevention Warning was issued; and

(e) The serial number of the Fire Prevention Citation or Fire Prevention Warning form.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98

629-047-0090

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.510 -- Acts Prohibited During Closed Fire Season

A Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.510
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0100

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.515 and OAR 629-043-0040 -- Burning Permits

(1) The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

(2) Notwithstanding the requirements of section (1) of this rule, if the violation results in a fire, the following shall apply:

(a) If the fire does not cross a property line and if suppression assistance from a fire service agency is not required, the basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply.

(b) If the fire crosses a property line or if suppression assistance from a fire service agency is required, a Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.515
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0110

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.535, 477.540, 477.545 and 477.550 -- Regulated, Permit, Absolute Closures.

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.535, ORS 477.540, ORS 477.545 & ORS 477.550
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0120

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.565 and OAR 629-043-0005 -- Snag Falling

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.565
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0130

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.615 and OAR 629-043-0010 -- Additional Water Supply

A Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.615
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0150

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.625 and OAR 629-043-0026 -- Permit to Use Fire or Power-Driven Machinery and Operation Area Fire Prevention

(1) For ORS 477.625 and OAR 629-043-0026(1), a Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

(2) For OAR 629-043-0026(2) to (5), the basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.625
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0160

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.635 -- Refused, Suspended or Revoked Permit To Use Fire Or Power-Driven Machinery

A Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.635
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0170

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.640 and OAR 629-043-0036 -- Powersaws

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.640
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0180

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.645 and OAR 629-043-0015 -- Spark Arresters

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98

629-047-0190

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.650 and OAR 629-043-0020 -- Water Supply and Equipment for Stationary Equipment

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & ORS 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.6750
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 2-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-13-99

629-047-0200

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.655 and OAR 629-043-0025 -- Fire Tools

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98

629-047-0210

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.660 -- Additional Protection Facilities

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.660
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0220

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.665 and OAR 629-043-0030 -- Watchman

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98

629-047-0230

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.670 and OAR 629-043-0070 -- Industrial Fire Precaution Levels

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.670
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0250

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.695 -- Railroad Right-Of-Way

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.695
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0260

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.710 -- Campfires

A Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477 & 526
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.710
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94

629-047-0270

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.720 -- Accidentally Setting Fire to Forestland

The basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98

629-047-0280

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.740 -- Unlawful Use of Fire

(1) For ORS 477.740(1)(a) and ORS 477.740(1)(b), a Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

(2) For ORS 477.740(1)(c):

(a) If a bona fide effort was made by the violator, the basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

(b) If a bona fide effort was not made by the violator, a Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

(3) For ORS 477.740(2):

(a) If the violator was responsible for the starting or existence of the fire, a Fire Prevention Citation shall be issued for all violations.

(b) If the violator was not responsible for the starting or existence of the fire, the basic enforcement action set forth in OAR 629-047-0040 shall apply to all violations.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 477.980
Stats. Implemented: ORS 477.980 - ORS 477.993
Hist.: FB 2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 6-9-94; DOF 5-1998, f. 3-10-98, cert. ef. 5-1-98

629-047-0290

Enforcement Policy for ORS 477.993(3) -- Unauthorized Entry Into a Fire Scene

(1) A Fire Prevention Warning shall be issued for any unauthorized entry into a fire scene secured in accordance with ORS 477.365(1)(f), if the violator entered the secured area by accident or unintentionally.

(2) A uniform citation for a Class A Misdemeanor shall be issued and processed for any unauthorized entry into a fire scene secured in accordance with ORS 477.365(1)(f), if the violator entered the secured area intentionally or after having been warned to avoid entry.

Stat. Auth: 477.980
Stats. Implemented: 477.365(1)(f) & 477.993(3)
Hist.: DOF 2-2000, f. 1-13-00 cert. ef. 2-1-00

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