2015 ORS 477.017¹
Legislative findings, policy and purpose

(1) The Legislative Assembly finds that:

(a) The forestland-urban interface situation in Oregon is a result of both past and present conditions and that, given projected trends, the forestland-urban interface situation will continue to grow.

(b) Urban and suburban structures, real property and natural resources are subject to increased risks of catastrophic damage by forestland-urban interface fire events.

(c) There is greater complexity in forestland-urban interface fire protection than in either resource land fire protection or urban structural fire protection.

(d) In dealing with the forestland-urban interface situation, major and long term solutions will involve local actions and efforts by property owners.

(e) One solution or set of solutions will not fit all situations or areas of the state.

(2) The Legislative Assembly declares that:

(a) In order to ensure the protection of human life, the safety of citizens and fire service personnel and the highest possible level of livability in Oregon, it is necessary to provide a complete and coordinated fire protection system within the forestland-urban interface in Oregon.

(b) All forestland-urban interface property owners have a basic responsibility to share in this complete and coordinated protection system by providing efforts against fire.

(c) Public and property owner education and awareness is critical to forestland-urban interface solutions and must occur at multiple levels.

(d) In administration of ORS 477.015 (Definitions) to 477.061 (Short title), it is the intent of the Legislative Assembly that property owners who will be affected by ORS 477.015 (Definitions) to 477.061 (Short title) will be:

(A) Involved in the processes of development of administrative rules pursuant to ORS 477.015 (Definitions) to 477.061 (Short title); and

(B) Notified of the outcomes of classification pursuant to ORS 477.015 (Definitions) to 477.057 (State Forester to classify land if county fails to act).

(3) The purpose of ORS 477.015 (Definitions) to 477.061 (Short title) is to:

(a) Provide a forestland-urban interface fire protection system in Oregon that minimizes cost and risk while maximizing effectiveness and efficiency for protection of the values at risk from fire.

(b) Promote and encourage property owner efforts to minimize and mitigate fire hazards and risks within the forestland-urban interface.

(c) Promote and encourage the involvement and interaction of all levels of government and the private sector that have a direct or indirect interest and role in the forestland-urban interface situation over the long term. [1997 c.429 §§4,5,7; 2007 c.30 §1]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 477—Fire Protection of Forests and Vegetation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors477.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.