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Fire at Whare Flat yesterday and last night destroyed about 600 acres of beautiful bush. " Tho conditions were such as to aid with devastating effect any fire that might break out in the open. A strong galo swept the country, and must have given a tremendous fire power to the 'flames that raged at Whare Flat last night. Yesterday tho air about the City was full of smoke and dust, and it was evident that bush fires were raging on tho hills about the City. In the evening the sky, as seen from # the town, was bright' with a red, ominous glow towards Flagstaff, betokening that the fierce and irrepressible flames still raged. Had it not been for the slight ram shower that fell about 1 o'clock this morning, and the wind having spent its force, it is certain that the fir© would have spread to AVaitati, and the damage would havo been far more serious. Commencing yesterday morning, the fire, assisted by the wind, spread with startling rapidity, and soon a wide belt of country was a mass of flames. The Whare Flat School was in danger, and the children were got. out with difficulty. Many of them had to take very circuitous routes to their homos, as tho roads were blocked by the lire. The teacher's house was also attacked, and would soon havo been destroyed had it not been for the efforts of the residents of the neighborhood, assisted by tho corporation men, who, with buckets, brought water from a creek. A 'fivn-roomed house, owned by Mrs Glendining, of Highgate, Roslyn, was completely destroyed, none of the furniture being saved. The house was insured in the National Office, for £IOO, and tho furniture in the same office for a similar amount. The house was a "week-end" residence, and elaborately furnished. The loss is estimated at about £IOO. A resident of Whare Flat, scon this morning, said that the whole of the bush on M'Kensdo's Hill had been destroyed, and between 800 and 400 posts belonging to tho City Corporation had been burnt. Altogether about 600 acres of beautiful bush had been burnt, and he considered it would take sixyears to replace it. Tho glare from the fire was so great that at about half-past 10 last night ho could easily read a newspaper in the open, although tho fire was somo three or four miles away from his house. As showing tho great heat, ho stated that the brass cocks had been melted off tho front of the range in Mrs Glendining's house, and the degree of heat necessary for the melting' of brass is 850 Fahrenheit. The firo was the worst known to havo occurred in the district.

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BUSH FIRES, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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BUSH FIRES Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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