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THE RAILWAY FIRE SITUATION   61

  1. On such lands fire-guards shall be constructed or maintained in the form of a ploughed strip not less than sixteen feet in width. -Where such fire-guards have been constructed in the past at a distance ,of from 150 to 250 feet from the track, they shall be maintained in the same location, in order to minimize the weed nuisance. Otherwise, construction shall be at a distance of approximately 200 feet from the main track or as close a distance to 200 feet as the nature of the country will permit.

  2. All dead or dry grass and other unnecessary combustible matter shall be burned or otherwise removed from the right-of-way, Burning outside the right-of-way is not required under this classification.

  3. Wherever the owner or occupant of land under this classification .objects to the construction or maintenance of fire-guards as above prescribed, the Company shall refrain from doing such work, but shall immediately report the matter to the Board, stating name and address of such owner or occupant, the description of the land by legal sub-division and railway mileage, and whether the Company desires the permission of the Board to enter on such land for the purpose of constructing or maintaining such fire-guards notwithstanding such refusal by owner or occupant.

 

(C). OPEN PRArRIE.—1. This classification shall include unfenced, uncultivated lands, and fenced lands which are uncultivated, unoccupied by owner or tenant, and not used for purposes of grazing.

  1. On such lands fire-guards shall be constructed or maintained in the form of a ploughed strip not less than sixteen feet in width. \Where such fire-guards have been constructed in the past at a distance of from 200 to 400 feet from the track, they shall be maintained in the same location, in order to minimize the weed nuisance. Otherwise, construction shall be at a distance of approximately 200 feet from the -main track or as close a distance to 200 feet as the nature of the country will permit.

  2. All dead or dry grass and other unnecessary combustible matter shall be burned or otherwise removed, between the fire-guard and the track. Where the ploughing of fire-guards is impracticable on account of ground being too stony or rocky, or too hilly or broken to plough, the dead or dry grass and other unnecessary combustible matter shall be burned off on a strip extending 200 feet from the track.

  3. Under the provisions of the Railway Act and of the Board's Order, the consent of the owner of private land coming under this classification is not essential in connection with either the ploughing of fire-guards or the burning off of grass between the fire-guard and the main track as above prescribed.

 

(D). ASPEN OR POPLAR L.1NDS—1. In sections where fire-guards

are necessary and, on account of aspen or poplar growth it is impracticable to plough, the fire-guard may be constructed by clearing away the undergrowth and removing all combustible material on the ground, so as to expose the mineral soil, for a width of sixteen feet, at a dis-


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