41-20A-10Assistance in protection of forestland, woodland, shelterbelt, and rangeland--Collection of costs.

The state wildland fire coordinator, with the sanction of the Department of Public Safety, may, upon request, assist and cooperate with any agency of the United States government; any ministry of a Canadian province; all state, county, and municipal agencies; any fire suppression organization; any person qualified by the state wildland fire coordinator; any person needed for an incident management team for the purposes of training and fire prevention or suppression; and with any corporation, association, partnership, or individual owning or controlling any forestland, woodland, shelterbelt, or rangeland in the protection of such forestland, woodland, shelterbelt, or rangeland, including:

(1)    Creation and administration of fire protection districts;

(2)    Disposal of slash, debris from logging operations, and other fire and insect hazards; and

(3)    Assistance to the state wildland fire coordinator in the prevention and suppression of fires.

After providing assistance in the suppression of fires pursuant to subdivision (3) of this section, the state wildland fire coordinator may collect fire suppression and extinguishment costs pursuant to this chapter if the costs were initially incurred by the coordinator or if the secretary of public safety has repaid any of the governmental agencies or persons described by this section for goods or services used in fire suppression efforts directed by the coordinator.

Source: SL 2013, ch 196, § 29; SL 2015, ch 203, § 25; SL 2016, ch 182, § 2; SL 2021, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 21-3), § 69, eff. Apr. 19, 2021.