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CAMBRIDGE SANATORIUM IN DANGER. [BY TEKGBA2H.— -PBESB ASSOCIATION.] AUCKLAND, 19th February. From all over the country accounts aro received regarding the damage done by bush fires, and the city is still in a haze of smoke. Late last night the matron of the Uambridge Sanatorium telegraphed for men to try and keep down a fire in the Maungakawa Bush. A number of the lire Brigade and othev men worked all night, and sttcdeeded in preventing the fire from spreading. A number of dead ra-ta trees are still blazing, and if the wind changes it is probable that the patients in the Pltinket colony will have to be rerri&ved, as the fife is getting near it. The Sanatorium men have been working day dnd night, and are completely done up. The fire is said to be the result of a settler some distance away having lighted scrub more than a week since. The matron had had an anxious time, and has been up superintending almost continuously. In the Northern Wairoa district several big ewamps are on fire, and miles and miles of bußh country are burning. Enormous areas of bush aro biasing in the Hokianga, Whangarda, and Mangonui districts. In the Kaipara district there are many great bush fires, and on Tuesday a six-roomed housa near Helensville, occupied by Mr. RyI lands and family, was destroyed, having caught fire from sparks carried from •the burning bush. The bush fires in that locality have been raging for two weeks, and a few days ago another settler's home was destroyed. A large quantity of valuable puriri and other timber, and miles of fencing, have been burned on Messrs. Stokes, Bradly's, and other settlers' properties. Settlers in the neighbourhood are having an anxious time, and watching every ch*nge ill the, direction of th 6 wind. The Waiters Valley bush irt the Waihi district, containing millions of feet of valuable timber, has been blazing since the end of last week, ami the Mataura Valley bush is also on fire , Th& Waihi and Thames disfcicts ore under heavy smoke. At Waitawheta, the well-known kauri forcsfc owned by the Government is on fire for miles, and the dense smoke and fierce heat ( forbid approach within a mile of the flames. i A wire from Pukekobe states that Marsden's Buah at Mauku, the Zingari Bush at Puni, and several swampfi t& the same vicinity, are on fire. NOT A VESTIGE OF GREENY AUCKLAND, This Day. Waiuku, as a result of fires, is divested" of every vestige of green except in swamps. The surrounding hills are a mass of burning embers. A large quantity of valuable timber was destroyed in Marshall's bush. R. AM FAIR AT MASTEBTON". MASTERTON, This Day. The ram fair under the auspices of tho M&sterton Agricultural and Pastoral Association opened to-day. There was a large attendance of buyers. Bidding was decidedly lifeless at the opening of tho sale, but later it became more animated. Up till noon a flock of Lincoins were offered, principally locally bred. Prices ranged from four to nine and a half guineas, with an average of about sevori guineas AT RAETIHI AND OHAKUNE. [By Telegiupe — Special to The P&sr.] TAIHAPE, This Day. Advices from Raetihi states that % ftrong south-west wind sprung up sweeping over the Ohura-road and burning whares. Several settlers who had come to Raetihi, could not return. Fifes round Fclder'a farm made the Ohaku'nc-Raetihi road dangerous. Several sections aro blazing in the Parapara-road, and whares have been lost in tho Ohutu block. A band of young men watched all night in case the fire should break through into the township. Ih ftpitc of their vigilance it spread into tho Govornment reserve on Parapara-road and when discovered had a good hold. This was about 2 a.m. Other helpers were aroused and a largo number of townspeople turned out and joined the bucket brigade. Tho wind lulled considerably and the fires were kept in check. At Ohakune tho fires are springing up again. BOYS' TRAINING FARM THREATENED. i LEVIN, This Day. The fires at Weraroa, on Tuesday and V/ednesday, threatened the Boy's Training Farm,* but luckily danger was averted, though an anxious time was spent by those in charge. Everywhere one hears the same story — grass and hush. fires, and and the gradual drying up of ail water sources. A SETTLER'S EXPERIENCES. Some interesting details of the time that settlers are having in the bush fireu are supplied by a correspondent at Reikorangi. "We are having a fearful time hero," ha says; "tho whole place is on fire ; sweeping everything before it, \ Mr. G. A. Burling's cottage, with its contents, was burnt to the ground ; there was no insurance. Carter Brothers' two bridges over the Ngatiawa are gone, as well as the cowshed and silo pit, containing about 20 tons of winter feed. Several other settlers have lost sheds and hay, besides champ of fencing. When I was over at Burling's they were trying to save their new house, but I do not know whether they were successful or not. You can't see a chain before you. Tho children from Ngatiawa could not get home from school, and had to be put up by the settlers. Sheep and cattle are supposed to have perished, and a uumber of settlers have not milked their cows, as there was no chance of finding thorn in the smoke, and the fire was too close. I am staying up all night, and can scarcely see out of my eyes. It is now 1 a.m. Wednesday, and the wind is dying down. The sight is magnificent ; the whole place is lit up, and but for the havoc that is being wrought, one would be glad of the chance of witnessing such a spectacle."

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STILL RAGING. BUSH FIRES IN THE NORTH., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 43, 20 February 1908

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STILL RAGING. BUSH FIRES IN THE NORTH. Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 43, 20 February 1908

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