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The Fires Prevention Act

R.S.M. 1987, c. F80

The Fires Prevention Act

Table of Contents

1 Definitions.
2 Municipal fire guardians and constables.
3 Civil rights.
PART I
FOREST AND PRAIRIE FIRES
4 Application of Act.
5 Prohibition of dangerous fires.
6 Fireguards for haystacks, etc.
(2) Precautions in making fireguard.
(3) Offence and penalty.
7 General precautions when setting out fire.
(2) Offence and penalty.
(3) Further offence and penalty.
8 Fire running at large prohibited.
(2) Offence and penalty.
9 Failure to prevent fire spreading.
10 Assistance of owner of land in extinguishing fire.
11 Destruction of fire fighting equipment prohibited.
12 Hindrance of fire guard prohibited.
FIRE PROTECTION
13 Provincial Forester and his duties.
(2) Appointment of fire rangers.
(3) Appointment or designation of fire guardians and temporary fire wardens.
(4) Duties of temporary fire wardens.
(5) Remuneration of fire guardians who are civil servants.
(6) Appointment of honorary fire guardians.
(7) Honorary tire guardians, their duties and remuneration.
(8) Powers of honorary fire guardian.
14 Municipal fire guardians.
POWERS OF FIRE GUARDIANS AND FOREST OFFICERS
15 Power of fire guardians to summon assistance.
(2) Assistance outside a district.
(3) Right of fire guardian to requisition tools and equipment.
(4) Persons exempted from giving aid.
(5) Duty of compliance with orders of fire guardian.
16 Arrest by forest officer.
WOODED DISTRICTS
17 Application of secs. 18 to 29.
18 Designation of wooded districts.
19 Agreements respecting fire protection.
20 Fires in closed season prohibited.
BURNING PERMITS
21 Issue of burning permit.
(2) Burning permits for operations requiring fire.
(3) Issue or refusal of permit
(4) Safeguards required by fire guardian.
(5) Offence.
(6) Separate offences and penalties.
(7) Bond required before issue of permit.
(8) Cancellation or suspension of permit.
(9) Action upon cancellation or suspension.
(10) Authority given by burning permit
(11) Responsibility of permittee.
(12) Fire for cooking and warmth.
(13) Offence and penalty.
TRAVEL PERMIT AREAS
22 Establishment of travel permit areas.
(2) Notice of establishment.
(3) Newspaper.
(4) Permits respecting travel permit areas.
(5) General refusal of permits.
(6) Issue of permit
(7) Offence.
(8) Where subsecs. (4), (5), (6) and (7) not applicable.
(9) Highways excluded.
(10) Suspension and revocation of permits and exemptions.
(11) Information to be given on request
23 Order limiting fires and restricting travel.
(2) Procedure on order.
(3) Offence.
24 Application of Regulations Act.
FIRE HAZARDS
25 Removal of fire hazard.
(2) Recovery of cost of fire hazard removal.
(3) Offence.
26 Burning of inflammable material.
(2) Removal.
(3) Camp, mine, sawmill, or portable or stationary engine.
FIRE SUPPRESSION
27 Duty of municipality respecting extinguishment of fire.
(2) Action of forest officer on default by municipality.
(3) Payment of costs by municipality.
(4) Action to recover costs.
(5) Cost of extinguishing fire beginning on Crown lands.
(6) Cost of extinguishing fire on Crown lands.
(7) Agreements for control of fires.
(8) By-laws for suppression of fires.
(9) Furnishing of copies of by-laws.
28 Remuneration of municipal fire fighters.
29 Work permit required.
(2) Application for work permit
(3) Powers of fire guardian.
(4) Cancellation of work permit.
(5) Offence and payment of damages.
(6) Expiration of work permit.
(7) Conditions of permit
(8) Cessation of work not covered by work permit
(9) Bond may be required.
30 Appeal of refusal.
(2) Appeal of cancellation.
(3) Appeal of conditions.
FIRES RESULTING FROM RAILWAY OPERATIONS
31 Application of Part to railways.
(2) Instructions to railways.
(3) Responsibility of railway operators.
(4) Action of forest officer and recovery of cost.
(5) Entry on adjoining lands.
(6) Refund to railway operator.
(7) Supervisors of railway fire prevention.
(8) Power of forest officer to requisition help from railway.
(9) Costs where operator of railway not responsible.
(10) Notice to railway employees, etc., of instructions.
(11) Offence by operator.
GENERAL OFFENCE AND PENALTY
32 Offence and penalty.
(2) Indirect breaches of Act an offence.
33 Persons guilty of offences.
REGULATIONS
34 Making of regulations authorized.
PART II
FIRE COMMISSIONER AND HIS DUTIES
35 Appointment of fire commissioner and staff.
(2) Duties of fire commissioner.
(3) Further duties.
(4) Action in cases of emergency.
(5) Emergency outside wooded district.
(6) Deputy fire commissioner acting as fire commissioner.
(7) Assistant fire commissioner acting as fire commissioner.
36 Fire commissioner to inquire into cause of fires.
(2) Powers of persons inquiring into fire to hear evidence.
37 Evidence of arson to be reported to Attorney-General.
38 Commissioner may divide province into districts.
(2) Ex officio assistants.
(3) Report of fires.
(4) When report to be made.
(5) Payment for approved report
39 Penalty.
40 Reports by fire insurance companies.
(2) Where report to be filed.
41 Preliminary report on fires of suspicious origin.
(2) Report additional to other reports.
42 Reports of all losses by fire.
(2) Report of amount claimed.
43 Adjusters to report to commissioner monthly.
44 Penalty for failure to report.
45 Fire commissioner not required to perform duties in certain cities, etc.
(2) Committee to advise fire commissioner.
46 Powers of commissioner ex officio.
47 Examination under oath.
48 Warrant for non-appearance.
49 Warrant in first instance.
50 Committal for refusal to testify.
51 Commissioner's authority to arrest, etc.
52 Police to assist commissioner.
53 When commissioner to inquire into cause of prairie fires.
54 Records of inquiries and investigations, etc.
55 Right of entry in case of fire.
56 Inquiries or investigations may be private.
57 General power to examine buildings.
(2) Order to remedy dangerous conditions.
(3) Closure of dangerous structures.
(4) Where authority of fire commissioner required.
(5) Approval of minister.
(6) Opening a closed structure an offence.
(7) Appeals against order.
(8) Order for removal or destruction of building.
(9) Service of order.
(10) Copy of order under subsection (8).
(11) Appeal to fire commissioner.
(12) Consideration of appeal.
(13) Appeal to judge.
(14) Service of orders and notices.
(15) Filing appeal.
(16) Powers of judge.
(17) Furnishing of copy of order to municipality.
(18) Action by municipality.
(19) Recovery of costs.
58 Penalties.
(2) Hindering or obstructing.
59 Sale of certain fire extinguishers prohibited.
(2) Regulations prescribing certain fire extinguishers.
(3) Offence and penalty.
60 Places for holding inquiries, etc.
61 Order to withhold insurance money.
62 Registers.
63 Commissioner not to engage in other business.
64 Annual report.
65 Witness fees.
66 Definition.
(2) Special assessment.
(3) Assessment for unlicensed insurance.
DISBURSEMENTS FROM FIRES PREVENTION FUND
67 Disbursement of fund.
(2) Temporary advances by Minister of Finance to fund.
(3) Repayment of advances.
68 Regulations.
(2) Application of regulation to part of province.
69 Conflict with municipal by-law.
SCHEDULE
WOODED DISTRICTS