The Taranaki Bush Fires.
6 THIRTY MILES OF FOREST IN FLAMES. SETTLERS MISSItfG, IBy Telegraph. I [ONITBD PRESS ASSOCIATION.] New Pltmouth, 3rd March. The bush fires ara still raging, with no signs of abatement. The amount of damage done cannot be estimated, bnt it is expeotcd to exceed that of the Stratford fire. In several localities all means of oomtnnnioation are cut off. The loss in pasture, fences, and cattle is great, besides a considerable number of homesteads. A telegram was received by tho Mayor, asking that assistance be sent from New Plymouth to the homeless settlers at Egmont village. Expresses were at once despatched to tiring them to town. The Borough Council hold a special meeting to doviso Rome means of rondering aid. A settlor and his wife are missing, and fears are entertained for their safety. Tho fires extend from Stratford to Sentry Hill, the whole forest between these two points, a distance of over 30 miles, being apparently in flames. Several county bridges have bean burnt. A party of mount climbers have arrived, and state that it was both difficult and dangerous to got through. Strenuous exertions are being made by the settlers to Bave their dwellings, and they are kept constantly at work battling with the flames.
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