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FOREST FIRES. TARANAKI SETTLERS' SUFFERING.

HEAVY LOSSES. HOMESTEADS LEFT TO THEIR FATE. [BY TFXEGRAPH. — PBES3 ASSOCIATION.] NEW PLYMOUTH, 18th Feb. The town and district have been in semi-darkness all the afternoon. The sun has been completely obscured by smoke, and the heat has been stifling. It has been impossible to distinguish buildings distant even one hundred yards. A gale from the south has been blowing all day, and is now increasing .in volume. It seems to havo re-started the fires in all directions. So far it is impossible to get any particulars of the losses, but reports now reaching tho town indicate that dairy factories are iv danger, and that several families have been burnt out, and aro being brought into town. Heavy losses in stock are anticipated. Latest reports (11 p.m.) indicate that the fires aro very serious in the country, but communication is cub off in many cases, and details are not procurable. At Oaonui fires are raging in all directions, and settlers are fighting the flames under distressing conditions. Reports from . Egmont village are meagre, but it is understood that children have been unable to get homo from some schools in tho locality. Many settlers, with their wives and families, have left their homes, and have arrived in the townships for safety. The Hillsborough dairy factory is reported doomed. Fires in tho Ratanui district are within four miles of New Plymouth. The Uruti district is one huge forest of fire, and every one is preparing for tho worst. Fires are raging fiercely in all tions at Tongaporulu. At Puniho the settlers have sent their families out of the danger zone, many leaving their homes with their wearing a"pparel onJy, and trusting to good fortune to save the homesteads. The Kahui-road sawmills are threatened, and the Newall-road school is in the midst of a fire zone and in imminent danger. All the upper roads are ablaze, and the fortunes of settlers are unascertainable. The wind shows no sign of abatement, and tho volume of smoke is undiminished. Suburban residents are taking precautions in rase of fire during the night, and the fire brigade and telephone office staffs aio being kept on duty. IN THE MANAWATU. _ MANY HOMES IN PERIL. PALMERSTON N., 18th Feb. Palmoi'ston and Fcilding are enshrouded in smoke. Many settlers' homes in the ranges are in peril. , The Manawatu River at Moutoa is lower than it has ever been known to be. There is only 3ft of water at the deep places. As the small steamers can no longer get up, dressed flax is accumulating at the mills, and there is is danger fiom fire. Tho millers have put a wire rope across the river bed, and are sending I two hundred bales of fibre over singly and carting it down to Foxton. The Makerua swamp is being patrolled, and all drains are being blocked to hold tho water as firo breakers.

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FOREST FIRES. TARANAKI SETTLERS' SUFFERING., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 42, 19 February 1908

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FOREST FIRES. TARANAKI SETTLERS' SUFFERING. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 42, 19 February 1908

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