ENTENSIVE BUSH FIRES LOSS OF STOCK FEARED (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) GISBOKNE, 9th October; Before a gale with a velocity of fifty .',' miles an hour fires raged for hour* today through fallen bush logs on several stations near Wharerata :- Hall .abotrt-—-; thirty miles south of Gisborne. The locality of tho origin of the fire is unknown, but it first assumed big proportions this morning on Tekopua sta-, tion,- owned by the East Coast Native Land Commission. Fanned by the'gale, 7 the flames spread rapidly over a large area of bush-covered land. ' At,noon ' to-day it was estimated that two thou-. • sand acres were burning. The station worst afieeted was Tekopua, and, the properties of W, Torrie and G. Torrie, with W. Pilmer's and J. West's properties, were damaged to less extent. It is considered the fire started as the result of a bush burn about a fortnight ago, and, fanned by the howling gale, increased rapidly in intensity. At Tekopua station hundreds of acres were blazing, and fencing and ' sheep-pens were burned. Fears are entertained for the safety of stock-and cattle which have not been seen since the fire started, but helpers cannot get out to them, and the damage is unknown. At W. Torrie's much fencing'was also destroyed. In one paddock three hundred' ewes and lambs were1 grazing, and also fifty to sixty. cattle. The fire passed right through this paddock. Parties went out late' this afternoon, but could not get near the spot, owing to smoke and burning logs. . At Gv Torrio's 150 acres were burnt, but the extent of the damage is not known. J. West's property also suffered, but ao great damage is anticipated there. ;'; During the morning Mr. A. : Tawy manager of Tekopua Statooh, and several employees, left the homestead to . assist in the romoval of stock. They were absent several hours, and much anxiety was evidenced for their safety, but late in tho afternoon they returned to tho homestead. Mr. Tarr had a..... narrow escape, for he was on the edge of last year's burn when flames entered it, and in half an hour. the. fires.... had gone through, fallen trees, showering sparks on dry undergrowth. Fortu-. nately Mr. Tarr was near the green bush on tho Gisborne waterworks reservoir, and entered this, having to < make his way by a oircuitous route to safety, and picking up the party, which had followed him, on the. way home. -. A big bush fire was also experienced on Messrs. B. C. Fisken and W. D. and H. : Hairs' station on tho other side of Wharerata Hill, towards Opoutama. - The damage done.is not available, but 7 it is definitely known that no stock has •'■• been lost. Early to-night the wind dropped con- - siderably, and all fires are gradually ' dying out,
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