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DRY WEATHER AND BUSH FIRES IN CANTERBURY.

(per press association). Christchurch, December 27. Bush and grass fires have been raging In the country districts for the last few days. A deal of damage has been done to the grass and grain crops, and numbers, of buildings are now in great danger. A strong nor' wester has bean blowing, and it carried the fire with astonishing rapidity. A fire broke out on the Lseston showground yesterday while the sports were being held. There was great damage to the plantations, and the women and children were carried to a place of safety with difficulty. Maria Andrews Park, Rangiora, was completely destroyed. The estimated damage is L3OO. Everything is as dry as tinder, and it is excessively hot, which adds to the danger of fresh outbreaks. Sergeant Scott, Weßt Oxford, stateß that a bush fire had been raging all day yesterday, having started about six miles from View Hill and spread over a large area. A considerable amount of damage had been done, amongst which was the total destruction of Mr Perham's sawmill, all the plant, and a large quantity of timber valued roughly at L 350, which was not insured. The properties of Booth, Lorengsen, and Lace, also suffer considerably, as their tramways are destroyed, and a quantity of bush burnt. The residents In the neighborhood were actively engaged endeavoring to arrest the flames. The sergeant concludes his report by remarking that there Is little probability of putting out the fire while the present wind lasts or until rain falls.

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DRY WEATHER AND BUSH FIRES IN CANTERBURY. Grey River Argus, Volume XXXIX, Issue 6949, 29 December 1890

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