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Oregon Statutes - Chapter 477 - Fire Protection of Forests and Vegetation - Section 477.745 - Liability of parents for costs of suppressing fire caused by minor child.

(1) In addition to any other remedy provided by law, the parent or parents of an unemancipated minor child shall be liable for costs incurred by the forester in suppressing fires on forestland caused by such minor child. However, a parent who is not entitled to legal custody of the minor child at the time of the fire shall not be liable for such damages.

(2) The legal obligation of the parent or parents of an unemancipated minor child to pay damages under this section shall be limited to not more than $5,000 payable to the forester for one or more acts.

(3) When an action is brought under this section on parental responsibility for acts of their children, the parents shall be named as defendants therein and, in addition, the minor child shall be named as a defendant. The filing of an answer by the parents shall remove any requirement that a guardian ad litem be required.

(4) Nothing in subsections (1) to (3) of this section applies to:

(a) Foster parents.

(b) Parents who have filed a petition for the unemancipated minor child under ORS 419B.809. [1995 c.605 §6; 2001 c.622 §52]

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