The director shall have the authority to divide the State into administrative units
so as to most effectively provide for protection against loss or damage by forest
1979, c. 545, §3 (NEW)
The director may establish lookout stations connected by telephone and radio, and
construct, equip and maintain office-storehouse headquarters for necessary supplies,
tools and equipment and provide for any other facilities essential for forest fire
control. All fire lookout towers must be staffed during periods of fire danger. The
director shall notify the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction
over energy and natural resources and appropriations and financial affairs in writing
prior to implementing any major policy changes in the operation and staffing of the
fire lookout tower system. Within the unorganized territory, the director may, in
addition to this subsection, construct and maintain roads and trails. In the event
the director determines that any currently active fire tower should not be reopened
for the subsequent fire season, the director shall provide notice to the Legislature
of intended action by January 15th. This notice must include the location of the fire
towers affected and the justifications for the closures. Notice of closures must
be reviewed by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction
over natural resources. Unless the Legislature determines otherwise, the director
may close towers so indicated. If any fire tower is not reopened, the department
shall work closely with the municipality in which the fire tower is located to minimize
the impact that action will have on the municipality's responsibility to control forest
1991, c. 9, Pt. Y, §2 (AMD)
If the funds available for forest fire control are not sufficient to meet actual suppression costs in any year, the Governor may make additional funds available from the treasury
not otherwise appropriated.
RR 2011, c. 2, §11 (COR)
1979, c. 545, §3 (NEW).
1983, c. 367, (AMD).
1983, c. 556, §7 (AMD).
1983, c. 819, §A39 (AMD).
1985, c. 506, §A17 (AMD).
1991, c. 9, §Y2 (AMD).
RR 2011, c. 2, §11 (COR).
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