Unless otherwise defined below, terms used in this rule
division shall have the meaning provided in ORS
(1) "Alternatives to burning" means any
forest management activity that reduces the volume of material, rather than
actually being burned.
means the State Board of Forestry.
(3) "Burn boss" means the person, authorized
by the owner (may include the owner) or a federal land management agency to
conduct and make decisions regarding the practices involved in conducting a
prescribed burning operation and who is responsible for compliance with all
requirements under this rule division and related laws.
"Burn registration" means the act or
product of notifying the forester to the required level of detail, of intent to
conduct a prescribed burning operation as required by OAR
(5) "Class I Area"
means national parks and certain wilderness areas designated by Congress in
1977 as federal Class I Areas that are subject to visibility protection under
the Environmental Protection Agency's Regional Haze Rule and the federal Clean
Air Act. Class I Areas in Oregon include: Crater Lake National Park, Diamond
Peak Wilderness, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Gearhart Mountain Wilderness, Hells
Canyon Wilderness, Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Mountain Lakes Wilderness, Mount Hood
Wilderness, Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Mount Washington Wilderness, Strawberry
Mountain Wilderness and Three Sisters Wilderness.
(6) "Class 1 forestland" has the same meaning
as given in ORS
to "timber class" and includes all forestland primarily suitable for the
production of timber.
(7) "Class 2
forestland" has the same meaning as given in ORS
to "timber and grazing class" and includes all forestland primarily suitable
for joint use for timber production and the grazing of livestock, as a
permanent or semi-permanent joint use, or as a temporary joint use during the
interim between logging and reforestation.
(8) "Class 3 forestland" has the same meaning
as given in ORS
to "agricultural class" and includes all forestland primarily suitable for
grazing or other agricultural use.
(9) "Department" means the Oregon Department
of Forestry (ODF).
Oregon" means the eighteen Oregon counties lying east of Multnomah, Clackamas,
Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, and Jackson Counties.
(11) "Emission reduction technique" means any
forest management activity that allows for a lower volume of particulate to be
produced from a given volume of burning.
(12) "Emissions" means the gaseous and
particulate combustion products in smoke resulting from burning forest
(13) "Federal land
management agency" means the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest
Service; the United States Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land
Management, National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or
Bureau of Indian Affairs; or any other federal agency that may conduct
prescribed burning within a forest protection district.
(14) "Field administrator" means an
ODFemployee, a forest protective association, or federal land management agency
who has, among other responsibilities, an official role in determining whether
a prescribed burn should proceed, continue or be suspended.
(15) "Forester" means the State Forester or
authorized representative including but not limited to fire wardens appointed
(16) "Forest fuels" means any flammable woody
material, grass or other plant matter that may constitute a wildfire hazard or
that is intended for disposal by prescribed burning, but does not include
products that have had secondary processing such as boards, posts or
district" means an area of forestland designated by the State Forester for
protection from fire pursuant to ORS
Detailed descriptions of the forest protection districts may be found in OAR
"Ground level" means at or close to the surface of the earth such that smoke at
"ground level" could be inhaled by persons going about their normal business,
in or out of doors. It does not include smoke that passes overhead when
prescribed burning is conducted in accordance with the Smoke Management
forecast and instructions.
"Level 1 regulation" means the program of requirements that apply to all
forestland managed by a federal land management agency statewide, and all Class
1 forestland in western Oregon within a forest protection district (OAR
(2). These requirements include burn registration at least seven
days in advance (OAR 629-048-0300
), fee administration (OAR 629-048-0310
compliance with Smoke Management forecast instructions (OAR 629-048-0230
reporting of accomplishments (OAR 629-048-0320
"Level 2 regulation" means the program
of requirements that apply to all non-federal forestlands in eastern Oregon,
and all Class 3 forestland in western Oregon within a forest protection
district (OAR 629-048-0100
(3). These requirements include burn registration
) and reporting of accomplishments (OAR
(21) "Mop-up" means
action, usually involving the application of water or other means to eliminate
heat, remove fuel or reduce the supply of oxygen, sufficient to make a fire
safe or reduce residual smoke.
"Other areas sensitive to smoke" means specific recreation areas not listed as
SSRAs in OAR 629-048-0140
but that are intended to receive consideration for
focused forecasting attention for limited times during periods of heavy use by
the public such as coastal beaches on holidays and other areas during special
(23) "Prescribed burning"
means the use of fire ignited as a planned management activity on forestland to
meet specific objectives involving the reduction or removal of forest fuels.
Prescribed burning does not include impromptu fires ignited for purposes such
as warming fires, burn-out or backfire operations used in wildfire suppression,
or lightning ignited "wildland fire use" as practiced by federal land
haze" means air pollution transported over long distances into Class I Areas
that reduces visibility in those areas.
(25) "Residual smoke" means smoke produced
after the initial fire has passed through the fuel.
"Smoke Sensitive Receptor Area or SSRA"
means an area designated for the highest level of protection under the Smoke
Management Plan, as described and listed in OAR 629-048-0140
(27) "Smoke intrusion" means the verified
entrance of smoke from prescribed burning into an SSRAat ground level
thataverages at or above70 micrograms per cubic meterof particulate matter of
2.5 microns or less (PM2.5)for any one-hour period and/or averages at or above
26 micrograms per cubic meter for a 24-hour period, measured from midnight to
(28) "Smoke incident"
means the verified entrance of smoke from prescribed burning into an SSRA at
levels below a smoke intrusion (see "smoke intrusion" definition), other areas
sensitive to smoke, or a community other than an SSRA.
(29) "Smoke Management forecast unit" means
any or all of the persons appointed or assigned by the State Forester to
develop and interpret weather forecasts and produce Smoke Management
instructions, usually operating from the department headquarters in
(30) "Underburning" means
low-intensity prescribed burning to maintain forest health through reduction of
fuels in the understory of a forest stand while maintaining the over story
"Vulnerable populations" means people with specific sensitivities including,
but not limited to, those with heart diseases, coronary artery disease,
congestive heart failure, or those with lung and respiratory diseases, such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and those with asthma, older
adults, pregnant women, and children.
(32) "Western Oregon" means the eighteen
Oregon counties lying west of Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, Deschutes and