2015 ORS 477.512¹
Additional acts prohibited during fire season

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This section is amended
Effective January 1, 2017
Relating to sky lanterns; creating new provisions; and amending ORS 477.512.

(1) As used in this section:

(a) "Exploding target" means a device:

(A) Designed for use or used as a target for small arms ammunition or for other projectiles;

(B) Consisting of a flammable substance or flammable combination of substances; and

(C) Capable of exploding when struck by small arms gunfire or by other projectiles.

(b) "Sky lantern" means an unmanned self-contained luminary device that uses heated air produced by an open flame or produced by another source to become or remain airborne.

(c) "Small arms" means a shotgun, rifle, pistol or revolver.

(d) "Tracer ammunition" means a bullet that contains a flammable substance designed to ignite upon firing of the bullet and to burn with sufficient brightness to allow observation of the bullet trajectory.

(2) A person violates this section if, during a fire season declared under ORS 477.505 (State Forester may declare fire season in district) for a forest protection district or a part of a forest protection district:

(a) The person releases a sky lantern or discharges an exploding target or tracer ammunition on land that is inside the district or is within one-eighth of a mile of the district; or

(b) A sky lantern released by the person or tracer ammunition discharged by the person crosses above land that is inside the district or is within one-eighth of a mile of the district.

(3) Violation of this section is a Class A violation. In addition to any enforcement officer specifically identified in ORS 153.005 (Definitions), the State Fire Marshal, the State Forestry Department or the State Forester may issue a citation for a violation under this section. [2013 c.223 §2]

Note: 477.512 (Additional acts prohibited during fire season) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 477 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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.