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DA-MAGE UP THE MANAWATU Line. - more houses swept away. ■ [Bt Tbgegbafh.— Speciai to Thb Post.] OTAKI, This Day. 'Otaki's troubles as regards fires arc only just commencing, and last night " j>moke was so dense in the township that all views were obscured. The properties all along the hills are a mass of black smoke, and great alarm is being felt for the settlers in the back blocks. Rumours are afloat that the home of ono settler has been destroyed Near the bridge the remains' of Mr. Hall's pad- - dock? present a blackened mass, and tho fencing is destroyed. , At Waikanae the mill hands havo been obliged to give up mill work and turn i their attention to saving the plant and -> swamp,' anfl the town is enveloped in smoke. Between Otaki bridge and To -Horo,' at least along the railway line, the place is practically free of smoke, ( hut the hills are all smoke-covered. South of Waikanae the fires threaten , -to do an immense amount of damage, and have crossed the railway, causing wholesale destructipon to the fene'eb, and carrying all before them. Paraparaumu has nob escaped, and again acres of grass have been destroyed, and settlers are having an anxious time endeavouring to save property. At Paekakariki tho town is practically full of smoko. PROPERTIES DESTROYED. [Bt Telegbafh.— Special to The Post] "- - WAIKANAE, This Day. It is reported that fires destroyed Tay-,-lor's house at South Manakau, Dunn's "residence, and Bevan's stables at Otaki Gorge, and Owens and Walter Carter's at Reikiorangi. Tho wind has now dropped and the greatest danger appears to be over. iSheep, pigs and fences were destroyed and several people were obliged to remove their furniture. Rain is badly needed and residents in the back blocks are having a most anxious time. " . FIGHTING THE FLAMES. 1 SETTLERS DREADING THE FUTURE. [Bs Tekgraph. — Special to The Post.] ■ , LEVIN, This Day. ' Bush and grass fires have been raging here in last 36 hours behind the State farm. Neighbouring property is • menaced, and men, and women are watching continuously to save their ■ homes. . At one o'clock this morning sheds and stacks belonging to Dean Brothers were ■ threatened. ' While these were being saved the fire spread unnoticed to the ' house which was completely burned out, only a small quantity of furniture being - saved. Every effort has been made to prevent 'the fire spreading, but the strong wind made all the work useless.S The fire is not subdued yet and the outlook is very .bad. Settlers are despondent and dreading the future. The insurances on Dean's house were £150 and on the furniture, £75. There are heavy volumes of smoke in the south and southeast, and there will probably be more serious losses to re> port. - , . FEILDJNG ALARMED. ■ [B? 1 Telegraph. — Special to The Post.] ... , FEILDING, This Day. Feilding has been dense with smoke driven in by the strong wind from the Pohangma Valley where bush fires have been raging. The grass fires also came ' up to the southern bank of the Orona River, and threatened to cross the stream into Feilding from, Reid's line. Th.* Fire Brigade was called to put out ' 'a- grass fire at Dr. Monckton's, and had just returned into town when they were called" out to another grass fire in town. ' . l?clks ' in town are beginning to feel " alarmed, the den,se smoke causing most "" f ear. RECURRENCE- IN THE WAIMARINO. ALARMING SITUATION AT RAETIHi. [BT TELEGBAFH. — PRESS ASSOCIATION.] TAIHAPE, This Day. Strong winds have' freshened the fhe.s in the Waimarino. The flames have ,e)zed hold of the Government timber reserve round Raetihi, necessitating all the residents turning out. Bucket brigades have been formed, and so far the fire has been held in , i check. The situation, however, is alarming, as the town is practically threatened if the wind beco.nes stronger. A FINE SIGHT. WOODVILLE, Tula Day. Bush fires started up again yesterday owing- to a fresh wind blowing from the south. Last night the Gor ge hills were a fine sight, being ablaze fi\r miles along the top. A fierce fire is raging in the bit of bush near the freezing works, but nc danger is anticipated. „ ,Thjs morning the smoke has cleared from the town, and the fires have ap- • parently Burned out. • GOVERNMENT ASSISTAN CE. As explained by the Minister ai " Christchurch, every effort is being mad< by the Government to assist sefctU rs. Ir urgent cases relief is afforded im mcdi ately, purchases of seed being mat ie di rect from merchants instead of by " ten der. The commissioners having jure isdic tion in the districts affected have ibeer instructed by the Under-Secretary foi Crown Lands (Mr.' W. C. Kensing ton to accept the settlers' promissory i ote The note is for a lengthy term, and vn\ not piess en the unfortunate setti'er The Government will do everything ii its power to relieve any distress. PARAPARAUMU DISTRICT. Fires have broken out in the Pavaparaumu district, and are causing settlers a great dial of anxiety. A fine stietch of native trees, known as Taylor's Bush, has been destroyed. Last night many settlers did not go to bed — the danger of their homes being destroyed was too real to permit of sleep. Right up to Waikanae patches of country here and there have been destroyed by fire. Three settlers in the Reikiorangi district had to camp with their f anii1J93 in the schoolhouse last night. AROUND SHANNON. •FIRE EEACHES~THE MAKERUA SWAMP. The head office of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Co., has been advised that there are fires all around Shannon. -A fire, which was burning on the hillside on the eastern side ol tVe township, fanned by a strong southed erly wind, spread rapidly last night, ar. , oros^ing the railway line, got intc

the Makerua Swamp, £\3>out two miles north of Shannon. Sc'tne of the railway sleepers were burned, but have been replaced, and there has not been any interruption of trafCic. Men. are guarding the iline,and tracks which were standing at Makerua station havo been removed out of the fire zone. At latest advice tho fins was spreading, and doing considerable damage. A SAWMILL BUI INT. ' TARANAKI SETTLER'S LOSE HEAVILY. SCHOOL CHILDREN UNABLE TO GO HOME. [BT TELEGEArH.— PRESS ASfiOOIATION.3 NEW PLYMOUTH, This Day. It is very difficult to get authentic and exact information as to the da-mage done by the bush fires. The Sash and Door Company's sawmill on the Egmont-road was destroyed, tho loss being estimated at £3000. The insurances are small. A settler named Shoemork, op the same Toad, lost all his effects, which had been removed from the house. It is not certain whether the house was destroyed. His family was brought to to. irn lasi night. In the coastal districts the position is wrious. It is thought impossible M:o save j tho jN evrall-road School. A four-roomed house on the Kahuiroad, owned by Mr. ( Hemingway, was I destroyed last night. ' The effects were sa-( cd. Other families weT© sent to Raliotu, but it is unknown whether their houses escaped. Several families wore brought vnto Puniho last night also, but it is unknown whether the homes were destroyed. The situation improved a little tllis morning. Milking proceeded as usuaj this mon»«ig on several farms sphere last night the danger was great. / The Warea schoolchildren were unable to go home- last night. It is impossible at present to ascertain the extent of the damage. Probably the worst fears will not be realised, though it will be a very anxious time until rain comes. " ' In the northern district, towards Mokau, the country is full of foe and smoke, but tt«fe is no definite information as to eetious results.

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GREAT ALARM. LATEST BUSH FIRE REPORTS., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 42, 19 February 1908

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GREAT ALARM. LATEST BUSH FIRE REPORTS. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 42, 19 February 1908

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