WAIKATO PEAT FIRES
Hamilton was enveloped in a thick mantle of smoke yesterday (states a correspondent in today's issue of the "New Zealand Herald"). Fires had broken out in the Rukuhia swamp, and the. strong westerly wind blew the smoke over the town and surrounding district.
The principal outbreak occurred in the scrub on a private road between Eukuhia and Ngahinapouri, and a fire covering a space of over 300 yards in width swept over the swamp. The flames reached a height of 4ft. Other fires occurred in the swamp near Ngahinapouri and Whatawhata, while smaller outbreaks were in evidence afc Eureka and Matangi.
Most of the fifes were started by farmers, who are burning stumps and rubbish, and they are being carefully watched. No damage to property'has been reported.
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