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THE RAIL,WVAI FIRE SITUATION   7

commenced and completed, and the fire-guards maintained in a clean and safe condition.

  1. No such railway company shall permit its employees, agents, or contractors to enter upon land under cultivation, to construct fire-guards, without the consent of the owner or occupant of such land.

  2. Wherever the owner or occupant of such land objects to the construction of fire-guards, on the ground that the said construction would involve unreasonable loss or damage to property, the Company shall at once refer the matter to the Board, giving full particulars thereof, and shall, in the meantime, refrain from proceeding with the work.

  3. No agent, employee, or contractor of any such railway company shall permit gates to be left open or to cut or leave fences down whereby stock or crops may be injured or to do any other unnecessary damage to property, in the construction of fire-guards.

9. In carrying out the provisions of Section 297 of the Railway Act, which enacts that " the Company shall at all times maintain and keep its right-of-way free from dead or dry grass, weeds, and other unnecessary combustible matter," no such railway company or its agents, employees or contractors shall, between the first day of April and the first day of November, burn, or cause to be burned, any ties, cuttings, debris, or litter upon or near its right-of-way, except under such supervision as will prevent such fires from spreading beyond the strip being cleared. The Chief Fire Inspector or other authorized officer of the Board may require that no such burning be done along specified portions of the line of any such railway, except with the written permission or under the direction of the Chief Fire Inspector or other authorized officer of the Board.

10. The railway company shall provide and maintain a force of fire rangers fit and sufficient for efficient patrol and fire-fighting duty during the period from the first day of April to the first day of November of each year; and the methods of such force shall be subject to the supervision and direction of the Chief Fire Inspector or other authorized officer of the Board.

11. The Chief Fire Inspector shall, each year, prepare and submit to each and every railway company a statement of the measures such railway companies shall take for the establishment and maintenance of said specially organized force. Said statements among other matters may provide for

  1.  The number of men to be employed on the said force, their location and general duties, and the methods and frequency of the patrol.

  2. The acquisition and location of necessary equipment for trans-porting the said force from place to place, and the acquisition and distributing of suitable fire-fighting tools; and

  3. Any other measures which are considered by him to be essential for the immediate control of fire and may be adopted at reason-able expense.

12. Whenever and while all the locomotive engines used upon any such railway, or any portion of it, burn nothing but oil as fuel, dur-


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