Draft County Resolution re: Fire Restrictions

Draft Resolution
DECLARING EMERGENCY FIRE RESTRICTIONS WITHIN
EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, OREGON

WHEREAS, Douglas County is dependent upon the use of our natural resources, whether those uses are consumptive or non-consumptive, including those resources on federally managed lands; and

WHEREAS, Douglas County has an inherent and legal right to protect the health, safety, welfare, and prosperity of all peoples within Douglas County; and

WHEREAS, all lands within the exterior boundaries of Douglas County, including those on federally managed lands, are all necessary and essential for the productive and economic well-being of all peoples in Douglas County; and

WHEREAS, Douglas County has coordinated with multiple agencies, experts and has used science based analysis of upcoming fire threats, fire season hazards, including those on federally managed lands; and

WHEREAS, the people, lands, infrastructure and economic activities within the exterior boundaries of Douglas County are under imminent threat from wildfire to the threat and detriment of the people’s health, safety, welfare and economic well-being;

NOW THEREFORE, hereby be it resolved that the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County establish the ___ of _____, 2015 to be the beginning date of emergency fire restrictions on all unincorporated lands within the exterior boundaries of Douglas County, including federally managed lands; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, in accordance with Ordinance No. _____, the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County is exerting its authority to declare fire zones in unincorporated areas of Douglas County; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County are establishing restrictions on certain outdoor fires; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County will lift fire restrictions of this resolution, by subsequent resolution, at a time and date as determined by coordinated efforts of the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County, other land-management agencies, and science-based analysis of fire threats, wildfire risks, and fire season data; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution is exclusive of any areas under the jurisdiction of federally recognized Indian Tribes.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED on this __ day of ____ in the year of our Lord, 2015.

(Document: Resolution DECLARING EMERGENCY FIRE RESTRICTIONS)

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