FIRE IN PLANTATION
3000 PINUS IMSIGIMIS LOST O.C. DARGAVILLE, this day. A pinus insignis plantation containing 3000 trees, varying in age from one to five years, and owned by Mr. F. T. Moorhead, of Dargaville, has been destroyed by fire. Fanned by a stiff breeze the fire formed a front of about 30 .chains in width. A desperate but losing battle against the flames was fought by a gang for five hours. The fire started on Mr. Moorhead's property shortly after mid-day yesterday when he was engaged in clearing and burning scrub. The flames first raced toward a swamp where Mr. Moorhead, assisted by Messrs. Newby and S. Pitoni, twice brought them under control. However, a breeze fanned the fire along again and their efforts to beat it out were hindered by tall tea-tree, which caused so much smoke that the fire-fighters were forced to give up for a period. They continued until dusk, when the fire burnt itself out.
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TREES DESTROYED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945
TREES DESTROYED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945
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