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FIGHTING FIRES

IN FOREST REGIONS.

One of the things which constitutes a serious menace to commercial forests is fire. Captain L. M'lntosh Ellis, Director of Forestry, described to a "Manawatu Standard" reporter on Friday the elaborate scheme of look-out stations which obtains at the Eotorua forest reserves. The stations are. connected by telephone, he said,. and there' are' mounted detachments, with horses always saddled, ready to rush to the scene of an outbreak. Prevention was the main thing, rather than suppression, for once a bush fire obtained a hold it took a lot of stopping. Eternal vigilance was the watchword. Dynamite was kept in reserve for use in creating blank gaps in the forest to arrest the passage of a fire, but so far there had been no very serious outbreaks in the reserves of this Dominion. Shortly, added Captain Ellis, portable pumps, wi«h lengths of hose sufficient to convey water a. mile from the nearest supply to a fire zone, would be installed by the State Forest Service.

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FIGHTING FIRES Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 133, 3 December 1923

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