2007 ORS 477.740¹
Unlawful use of fire

A person commits the offense of unlawful use of fire if the person:

(1) In the ignition of a fire:

(a) Unlawfully sets on fire, or causes to be set on fire, any grass, grain, stubble or other material being or growing on any lands within the state;

(b) Intentionally or negligently allows fire to escape from the person’s own land, or land of which the person is in possession or control; or

(c) Accidentally sets any fire on the person’s own land or the land of another and allows it to escape from control without extinguishing it, or making a bona fide effort to do so.

(2) Having knowledge of a fire burning on the person’s own land, or land of which the person is in possession or control, fails or neglects to make a bona fide effort to extinguish the same, regardless of whether or not the person is responsible for the starting or existence thereof. [1971 c.743 §307; 1993 c.697 §7; 1997 c.274 §33]

Notes of Decisions

This sec­tion does not impose strict liability on owners and operators to suppress forest fires, but requires exercise of reasonable suppression efforts. Defrees v. U.S., Through U.S. Forest Service, 738 F. Supp 380 (D. Or. 1990)

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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