ORS 477.281¹
Limitation on obligation of landowner for fire protection

(1) The obligation of an owner of timberland or grazing land for payment of assessments and taxes for fire protection of forestland is limited to:

(a) The payment of moneys pursuant to ORS 321.015 (Levy of privilege tax upon harvest of timber for forest research, fire suppression and administering Oregon Forest Practices Act) (2), 477.277 (Additional assessment to maintain unencumbered balance of Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund), 477.295 (Minimum assessment under ORS 477.270), 477.760 (Reserve base of fund fixed) (4) and 477.880 (Acreage assessment) to maintain the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund; and

(b) The payment of forest protection district assessments pursuant to ORS 477.205 (Definitions for ORS 477.205 to 477.281) to 477.281 (Limitation on obligation of landowner for fire protection).

(2) As used in this section, "obligation of an owner of timberland or grazing land for payment of assessments and taxes for fire protection of forestland" does not include the duties or obligations of the owner under ORS 477.066 (Duty of owner and operator to abate fire), 477.068 (Liability for cost of abatement) or 477.120 (Liability of owner or operator) or the obligations of an owner of land included in a rural fire protection district pursuant to ORS 478.010 (Formation). [1989 c.769 §9; 1991 c.639 §3; 1997 c.206 §2; 1999 c.59 §157; 2003 c.685 §§2,7; 2005 c.802 §8]

Notes of Decisions

Immunity from addi­tional fire suppression costs applies to "owner" of land only to extent ownership is passive and does not extend to cover activities owner performs as "operator." Dept. of Forestry v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp., 149 Or App 22, 941 P2d 1052 (1997)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

When rural fire protec­tion district may levy taxes on prop­erty within a forest protec­tion district, (1972) Vol 36, p 71

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 477—Fire Protection of Forests and Vegetation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­477.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 477, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­477ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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