2015 ORS 477.125¹
Liability of forest protective associations, rangeland protection associations and public bodies
  • limitations

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This section is amended
Effective March 29, 2016
Relating to rangeland protection associations; amending ORS 477.125, 477.315, 477.317, 477.320 and 477.325; and declaring an emergency.

(1) A forest protective association, rangeland protection association organized under ORS 477.317 (Rangeland protection associations) or public body as defined in ORS 174.109 ("Public body" defined), or a person acting as an agent of a forest protective association, rangeland protection association or public body, is not liable for any injury to persons or property resulting from carrying out the provisions of this chapter or while acting within the scope of a duty imposed by this chapter.

(2) The exemption from liability provided by subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any injury to persons or property resulting from willful misconduct or gross negligence.

(3) An employee of a forest protective association, or a person acting as an agent of a forest protective association, is an agent of a public body acting within the scope of their duties for purposes of ORS 30.260 (Definitions for ORS 30.260 to 30.300) to 30.300 (ORS 30.260 to 30.300 exclusive), if the person:

(a) Engages in fire fighting activities occurring on lands located outside of the forest protection district in which the association is located; and

(b) Acts under the direction and control of the forester. [2003 c.54 §2; 2005 c.105 §1; 2007 c.808 §4]


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.