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FIR-3.13 - Sweat Lodges (Native American Religious Rite)

Administrative Rule Adopted by Portland Fire & Rescue Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority

A.     This policy is established December 29, 1994.
B.     The purpose of this policy is to provide uniform enforcement of fire safety regarding forested, environmental and structural exposures.
C.     This policy applies to all Native American Sweat Lodges located within the area protected by Portland Fire & Rescue.
1.      2005 Portland Fire Code (PFC).
A.      Conditional Use Permit:
1.      Minimum distance of 25 feet to structure from the heating fire must be maintained.
2.      Vegetation and ground cover must be cleared or tilled for a radius of 15 feet from the fire and mowed close to the ground to a radius of 50 feet next to forested land.
3.      Provide a domestic water source with a garden hose attached. Hose must be charged at all times that the fire is burning, equipped with a nozzle, able to reach all parts of the fire pit, and able to reach all sides of the sweat lodge.
4.      Sweat lodges must be less than 200 square feet.
5.      Fires must be extinguished when winds reach 15 mph or greater.
6.      Submit a drawing showing location.
7.      If complaints are received concerning dense smoke or noxious odors, the Fire Marshal’s Office may revoke this permit.
8.      Permits shall expire on January 1 of each year. Permit shall be re-applied for annually.

Originally adopted by Fire Marshal as Fire Prevention Division Policy Manual Document C-12, effective December 29, 1994.
Filed for inclusion in PPD June 13, 2003.
Revised November 16, 2004.
Revised rule adopted by Chief of Portland Fire & Rescue June 12, 2007.
Rule renumbered by Auditor in PPD from ARB-FIR-3.12 to ARB-FIR-3.13, June 12, 2007.