219.57 PREVENTION OF FIRE.
Subdivision 1. Spark arrester.
A company operating a railroad shall use upon each
locomotive engine a good and efficient spark arrester, which the master mechanic shall have
examined each time before leaving the roundhouse. The master mechanic and the employee
making the examination are responsible for the good condition of the spark arrester. However, the
company is not relieved from its responsibility under this section.
Subd. 2. Clear right-of-way.
A company shall keep its right-of-way clear of combustible
materials, except ties and other materials necessary for the maintenance and operation of the
road, from April 15 to December 1, annually.
Subd. 3. Fires tended, reported.
No company shall permit its employees to leave a deposit
of fire, live coals, or ashes in the immediate vicinity of woodland or land liable to be overrun by
fire. An engineer, conductor, or train crew member discovering fire adjacent to the track shall
report it promptly at the first telegraph or telephone station reached.
Subd. 4. Extinguishment and prevention instruction.
In dry seasons a railroad company
shall instruct its employees in the prevention and extinguishment of fires and have warning
placards furnished by the director of the Division of Lands and Forestry of the Department of
Natural Resources conspicuously posted at every station in the vicinity of forest and grass lands.
When a fire occurs near the line of its road, the railroad company shall concentrate help and
adopt measures available for its extinguishment.
Subd. 5. Patroller.
In dry seasons the railroad company shall employ at least one patroller
for each mile of its road through lands liable to be overrun by fire to discover and extinguish fires
occurring near the line of the road, by which is meant a distance within which fire could usually
be set by sparks from a passing locomotive.
Subd. 6. Misdemeanor.
A railroad company violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor
and may be assessed costs of prosecution for each offense.
A railroad employee violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be assessed
costs of prosecution.
History: (4911) RL s 2037; 1909 c 182 s 1; 1911 c 9 s 1; 1967 c 905 s 5; 1969 c 1129 art 3 s
1; 1985 c 265 art 4 s 1; 1987 c 329 s 21; 2005 c 10 art 3 s 13