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IN THE AUCKLAND DISTRICT. HOUSES, STOCK, AND GRASS DESTROYED. [BT TELEGRAM". — MESS ASSOCIATION.] AUCKLAND, 16th February. The city and harbour are still enveloped in a hazo of smoko from the bush fires, greatly delaying shipping. Oparau has suffered immense damage. One estimate gives Ihc total loss suffered by tins fotilei-s at fully £20,000. During the la&t couple of days tho town of Raglan has been completely hidden by smoke, and burned ashes are being carried into the town by the wind. Feed has boon destroyed in every flirection, and as a result tho Kauroa dairy factory will have to close down within the next few days. In the Okete portion of tho district, through burning furze, the flames took possession of a large tract of, open country. It was with much difficulty that Miss Wilson"s and Mr. Norman King's flaxmills were saved. Messrs. Pegfer Bros, bad _ the misfortune to lose the best of their grass, some 250 acres, including last yoar's sowing. Mr. J. Belcher and family had to desert their home at Kauroa, and seek shelter at Raglan, owing to fires surrounding the house, which it is believod has boon destroyed. .ABOUT DARGAVILLE. A Dargavillc telegram states that the Okapakapa swamp, at Aoroa, is on fire. A largo quantity of flax has been destroyed, the property of Mr. Harding. Tho Oturei swamp at Aratapu is also ablaze, and flax belonging to nativos has been destroyed. At Buckland, as the result ot sparks from a passing traction engine, t, fire occurred on Mr. J. Hartland's property, and one of the best pieces of bush which remain in the' district was destroyed. Reports from Mokai state that the fine totara bush now being milled by the Taupo Totara Timber Company is in danger of being swept away. REPORT FROM FEILDING. [Br TsuiOKAPH. — Sr-ECiAi, to The Post.] -FEILDING, This Day. This continued drought is becoming a disaster. Farmers aro being put to their wits' end to feed their stock, and I havo even heard of some giving their fctock hay which fchould bo for the winter. Water is also getting 1 scarce, many suppliers to our factories carting homo water for domestic use. "Along pai', of Reid's line (says the FoDding Stai'.s Bunnythorpo correspondent) tho sight is deplorable, fires having destroyed fences and gra&s ; and around the Taonui-road at its junction with Reid's lino the fires are burning, placing in jeopardy Mr. Adsett's homestead and other dwellings thero, and yet there are Eome people around thero who still persist in setting alight the old roots and stumps. I fear the orchards are suffering severely also from the" dry weather. The trees are looking parched up and i th'o fruit is dropping off them for want of water. Heaven help tho country if we don't soon get rain. As I am concluding these notes an immense volume of smoke is descending upon U3, apparently from Hawkes Bay, quite obscuring the sun and making things generally unpleasant." j

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FIRE AND DROUGHT. THE COUNTRY SUFFERING., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 40, 17 February 1908

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FIRE AND DROUGHT. THE COUNTRY SUFFERING. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 40, 17 February 1908

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