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Summary of Fire-guard Construction by Railways in the Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 1913 and 1914

 

Great   Northern

Grand Trunk Pacific

a

Canadian Northern

Canadian Pacific

 

1913

1914

1913   1914

1913

1914

1914

1913   1914

1913   1914

Length in track miles    

162.38

162.38

1,795.1

2,152.8

4,011.8

4,541.20

5,960.9

6,313.13

Length in fire-guard miles (1)    

324.76

324.76

3,590.2

4,305.6

8,023.6

9,082.40

11,921.8

12,626.26

Fire-guards   constructed   (shown   in

fire-guard miles)

Open prairie    

81.75

.50 ) I

1,240.80

1

2,346.60

7,878.7

3,970.90

Fenced grazing lands   

37.75

171.50

1,903.7   404.85

3,708.05

387.50   1,374.41

Grain   stubble lands   

153.00

80.25)1

400.60

 

314.10   144.1   2,107.18

Total constructed    

272.50

252.25

1,903.7   2,046.25

3,708.05

3,048.20   8,022.8   7,452.49

Fire-guards not constructed (shown

52.26

53.76

743.00   1,442.00

2,633.10

3,368.00   1,684.6   2,276.30

in

fire-guard miles)   (2)

Exemptions

 

Owner   refuses   entrance   (3)...!••••••••••

....................

46.30 46.30   9.30

45.45

80.8   23.00

 

156.90

28.8

*   3.4   1,410.10

Land already ploughed (4)   

 

 

 

Grain stubble, not fire-guarded

 

6.00

   547.59

212.0

1,118.50   272.48

by owner (5)    

..........

 

Miscellaneous other reasons    

10.25

897.00   103.56

1,396.2

*   ,   2,130.2   1,191.89

 

Total not constructed    52.26

72.54

1,606.50   2,259.35

4,315.55

6,034.20   I   3,899.0   5,173.77

*Total of these items amounts to 1,547.70.

  1. Fire-guard mileage is double the track mileage since the construction of fire-guards is required on both sides of the track.

  2. Company exempted from fire-guard construction, as to portions of line where showing made that such construction is unnecessary or impracticable.

  3. Employees of railway company refused permission by owner to enter upon land for purpose of constructing fire-guards.

  4. Fire-guarding unnecessary, because fields already ploughed.

  5. Fire-guarding in cultivated land required only where the land-owner or occupant would undertake to plough guard at the reasonable price specified by the Board,


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