TREES SWEPT BY FIRE
ACTION AGAINST SETTLER
WHANGAREI, this day
As a sequel to the destruction by fire of 60,000 young pinus insignus trees on the property of the Lands and Survey Department, fronting the Ninety Mile Beach, at Waipipakarui, Robert Hilton Jones admitted in the Kaitaia Court lighting a fire which encroached on Crown lands. A constable stated the defendant had been burning off tree stumps on his property, which adjoined the plantation, some 500 yards from the Crown land border. A small whirlwind carried sparks which set fire to scrub on his property, and this blaze spread into the plantation. Defendant notified the Works Department and made strenuous efforts to control the outbreak. Taking a serious view, the Lands and Survey Department was pressing for a rigorous penalty. Defendant, however, had taken all possible precautions to guard against the spread of the fire. Counsel claimed that had assistance arrived more promptly the outbreak could have been controlled and submitted that the circumstances under which the fire had been lit, and not the damage caused, should control the penalty imposed. The plantation had not been proclaimed a State forest area. Mr. Marley, S.M., entered a conviction and ordered payment of £1 costs only.
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PLANTATION LOSS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945
PLANTATION LOSS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945
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