Agriculture and Forestry

Forest Fires and Prevention

SECTION 2-12-13

§ 2-12-13. Proclamation of hazardous conditions – Closing of forests.

(a) Whenever in his or her opinion an unusual forest fire hazard exists, the director of environmental management shall notify the governor, who has the authority to forbid by proclamation, any person or persons entering forests, woodlands or open lands in any parts of the state that he or she deems the public interest requires, and may by that proclamation suspend any woods operations and open season for taking fish, birds and quadrupeds. The proclamation shall be in full force and effect immediately after notice is given in the manner the governor may determine, and shall remain in force until rescinded by the governor. This does not prevent entry into forest or woodland areas by forest fire suppression agents, law enforcement agents, legal residents of those areas or persons engaged in pursuits necessary to the public health and welfare or, by any agency or person authorized by the state director of environmental management.

(b) Any authorized representative or representatives of the director of environmental management, as well as state and local police authorities, shall enforce the provisions of the proclamation. Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this section shall be liable to a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) or imprisonment for not more than ten (10) days.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1956, § 2-12-13; P.L. 1970, ch. 124, § 4.)