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Summary of Reports on Fires in Forest Sections Originating within 300 to the Jurisdiction of the Board of Railway Commissioners

feet of Track on Railway Lines Subject for Canada, Season of 1914

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1. Total number of fires originating within 300

feet of track    

317

1681   126

1161

17'

250

206

80   27

8

101

211

1,346

2. Number of railway fires by causes:

(a) Locomotive (sparks and ashpans)    

223

(37,   611

110

4

200

87

32

15

1

4

181

822

(b) Carelessness or negligence of railway

employees    

4

23'   11

 

 

 

22

11,

3

 

 

 

77

(c) Steam shovels, donkey engines, etc   

2'   2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

3. Number of other than railway fires by causes :

(a) Tramps, other travellers   and   camp

fires    

37   8,   20,

1   3

50

12

31

2

 

 

137

(b) Settlers   (clearing, etc.)   

4   19   17;   1l   1

 

171   3

 

 

(32

(c) Other known causes    

....   5   1   1

 

5'   ....I   3

1

 

16

4. Number of fires of which cause is unknown

491   44   15   5

 

63   316

4

6,

227

5. Acres burned over by fires originating with-

in 300 feet of track:

(a) Grass or cultivated land    

1,821

4,742   82

1,741   12

1,020

1,807,   252

36

 

8;   8

11,529

(b) Young forest growth    

4,261

11,923   2,682   30   75

2,100

2,1141   1,387   24,637

 

1171

49,326

(c) Timber land    

726

11,04411   181,   14,156   55

7,421

4,412   1,295   68,205

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107,496

(d) Slashing or old burn not restocking

6,027

3,123, 5,32311   497j   116

1

3,543   4,2351   182

340

31,   1,

23,419

(e) Total area   (a plus b plus c plus d)

12,835

30,832 8,268   16,424', 258

10,542

11,87611   7,169   93,060

341

391 1261

191,770

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