HEAVY DAMAGE DONE IN WAIRARAPA. (PER PBBSB ASSOCIATION.) AUCKLAND, January 11. Heavy bush fires are raging at Waikorotniko. A number of men working in the claims thereabouts had to flee for their lives. The road through to Kuatonu is blooked by debris. MASTERTON, January 13. , At Pavkville, near Eket.ahuna, fires are tpreading, and children are being sent from the back blocks into Ekota huna. Many settlers' homesteads art) n danger. CHBISTCHURCH, January 12. A large bush fire is burning at OxfordSawmills and other buildings are in danger. Full details have not been received. The fire was oaused by some man lighting gorse in an adjoining river bed. WELLINGTON, January 13. The present bush fires in the Wairarapa district are the worst ever known there, and the damage can as yet hardly be estimated. Fiws are still raging at Ma.ngamahoe, Mikitciki, Hastwell, the Sterling Settlemert, T«weraiti, and s,t other smaL. placftu At Sterling there is grew,t danger o. : all this setilerß' houses being destroyed. Every assistance possiblo w bein|: rendered the unfortunate settlers, bat it in veared that a good many of them will bo ruined. The bush fires which have been raging during the laßt few days have had a. devastating effect amongst the cooksfoot. Yesterday Mr T. Keane, of the Hawera Hotel, receirod word that the grass on a paddock owned by him had baen destroyed near Kaponga, whilst his brother John has lost 80 acres in the same vicinity. '
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