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THE RAILWAY FIRE SITUATION   63

be granted, upon a showing to that effect, to be made to the Board by the company.

  1. The foregoing requirements shall apply to all lines of the company in the three provinces named, except where the company shall be specifically exempted from such requirements on the basis of a showing by the company that such construction and maintenance of fire guards is either unnecessary or impracticable. Such showing shall be made at the earliest practicable date but in any event not later than Time 10, 1914, in the form of two blue print copies from right-of-way plan. Such plan shall indicate railway mileages and shall show in each case why fire-guard construction is considered unnecessary or impracticable. Pending action by the Chief Fire Inspector upon such request for exemption, the company shall proceed upon the basis of constructing or maintaining fire-guards as above specified, except where such action is clearly impracticable or unnecessary.

  2. The following reasons will be considered in connection with requests for fire-guard exemptions : ground too stony or rocky, or too hilly or broken to plough (exemption here, as to open prairie, will apply to ploughing but not to burning, see paragraph 3 under heading " Open Prairie ") ; timber or scrub; swamp, muskeg or sloughs (where permanently wet and too large to plough around) : cities and villages (only where ploughing is impracticable) ; and the following where width and location are such as to constitute an efficient fire-guard, thus making ploughing unnecessary :—irrigation canals, ditches, rivers, lakes, creeks, graded roadways or other railway grades parallel to the company's tracks.

  3. The company shall submit to the Chief Fire Inspector for the Board at Ottawa, in duplicate, not later than December 31, 1914, annual graphic charts and an annual fire-guard statistical report, in accordance with the accompanying forms. Such charts shall indicate by mileages, subdivisions and provinces, the portions of the lines in the three provinces named, where fire-guards shall have been constructed or maintained, and where and for what reason there shall not have been such construction or maintenance. All portions of the lines in the said provinces, including those under construction, shall be fully accounted for in the above respects.

Very truly yours

CLYDE LEAVITT

Chief Fire Inspector

Points in which The principal new points included in the 1914 require-Requirements   ments are as follows:

Varied (1) The use of the term "grain stubble " instead of " cultivated land " as one of the classifications. This is merely a change in form.

(2) Farmers to be informed of the arrangements for the fire-guarding of grain stubble lands, through public notices posted at all


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