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62   COMMISSION OF CONSERVATION

tance of approximately 200 feet from the track. Where the land is sufficiently open so that ploughing is practicable, fire-guards shall be constructed as above prescribed for fenced grazing lands or open prairie, according to the status of the particular tract in question.

  1. It is understood that fire-guarding of this class of land is generally unnecessary, and that exemptions may properly be requested in such cases. Especial care must, however, be taken to construct fire-guards where practicable along lines running through forest reserves.

  2. All dead or dry grass and other unnecessary combustible matter shall be burned or otherwise removed from the right-of-way.

 

(E). ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS-1. Where there are alternating bodies of grain stubble, fenced grazing, open prairie, or poplar lands, the ends of the fire-guards above prescribed shall so far as possible be so connected as to make an unbroken, continuous fire-guard.

  1. Wherever, for any reason, it is not practicable to construct a continuous fire-guard as above specified, the ends of the constructed portions of the fire-guard shall be turned in to the right-of-way, and special care shall be taken to connect such ends, either by ploughing a strip eight feet wide along the outer edge of the right-of-way, or by burning or otherwise removing the combustible matter along such right-of-way, in such a manner as to provide good and efficient protection against the spread of fire to lands which have been properly fire-guarded.

  2. The construction of fire-guards shall be completed, as above specified, not later than the 15th day of August, 1914, except as to grain stubble lands, where the requirements as to time of construction, above specified under that heading, shall be observed. Between the date of construction and the 15th day of May, 1915, said fire-guards shall be maintained in a good and efficient manner, and dead or dry grass and other unnecessary combustible matter shall be burned or otherwise disposed of, on lands or portions of lands between such fire-guards and the track, in accordance with the above requirements.

  3. Where a fire-guard has been ploughed within two years in accordance with the above specifications, the operation of discing and harrowing will be acceptable instead of reploughing, provided that all weeds and other inflammable material are disced and harrowed under the furrow, so as to make a good and efficient fire-guard. Such discing and harrowing shall be completed before the weeds on the fire-guard shall have gone to seed. Where more than one operation of discing and harrowing is necessary in order to keep down the weeds on a particular fire-guard, such action shall be taken.

  4. The provisions of this Order shall apply to the portions of the line under construction, in the three provinces named, the same as to portions under operation. In other words, fire-guards shall be constructed at the time grading is done on each new portion of the line. However, in case the laying of the track is to be delayed for a period of one year or more, temporary exemption from this requirement will


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