Railroad Liability for Forest Fires

Railroad Liability for Forest Fires

In Alberta, Canada, the railroads are held responsible by the Province for every forest fire starting within 300 yards of their rights of way. If it gets beyond their control, their men must fight it for at least 10 miles, and are also held responsible for the cost of the work and the resultant damage to public or private property. The railroad companies are ordered to patrol the road every day regularly from four to five hours, the patrolment being employed by the companies, and the Department of the Interior has appointed an inspector, whose duty it is to see that the work is carried on property. Velocipedes will be used in the northern districts of the Province, the fire rangers going over their patrols 30 minutes after the passing of each train. A hundred men will be required to do the work. The companies have also been advised to instruct passengers to assist in the work of minimizing the danger from forest fires by refraining from throwing lighted cigars or cigarettes from trains.

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