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Oregon Statutes - Chapter 477 - Fire Protection of Forests and Vegetation - Section 477.775 - Emergency fire suppression costs insurance; considerations; payment of premium from fund.

(1) Prior to February 1 of each year, the Emergency Fire Cost Committee and the forester shall consult regarding the purchase of emergency fire suppression costs insurance and the level of coverage to purchase for the fire season of that year.

(2) In determining whether the purchase of insurance is advisable, the forester and the committee shall consider:

(a) The cost, coverage and deductible of insurance available from private insurance carriers;

(b) The funding available for fire suppression from the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund and other sources;

(c) The current condition of forests;

(d) Long-term weather predictions;

(e) Available fire fighting resources; and

(f) Available funds for the purchase of insurance.

(3) If the committee and the forester agree to purchase insurance, the forester shall purchase insurance through the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to cover any lawful expense incurred by the State Forestry Department, or contractors or cooperators, that is payable by the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund. The insurance may be obtained through negotiation or competitive bids, whichever is in the best interest of the state, its contractors and cooperators.

(4) The Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund may not be charged for payment of more than one-half of any premium for the insurance. [1969 c.524 §10; 1985 c.158 §2; 1989 c.91 §1; 1989 c.769 §11; 1991 c.639 §7; 2005 c.802 §15]

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