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Yesterday r s Stratford Post says:—, "Of late some very serious fires have occurred in the localities near the Bird, and Robson roads, the fires sweeping over several properties completely, and damaging others to a more or less extent. Yesterday the area covered was estimated to be something over a thousand acres in this particular locality. Messrs Breen and Moffct both lost their haystacks, which had just bee^p built up for the preservation of their winter feed, and in common with other settlers had a considerable quantity of fencing, gates, pig-styes, and other woodwork destroyed in addition. Many other settlers lost their grass completely, and several properties will require to be resown. The feed outlook for the winter will be a serious problem for many of the settlers to face. The fire swept over the whole of Mr M. Gernhoefer's holding, his homestead only being saved with the greatest difficulty. Unfortunately here, as in most of the other places round about, the tanks and wells had all run dry, and no water was available to combat the spreading flames. On Saturday last the fire wa? a} its. ;r-o r8 t in this neighborhood, and roarfid like a bush fire of the old days. It swept along with violence into shelter bush and shrubberies, doing a tremendous lot of damage. Cattle were severely scorched, and although every effort was made to keep them away from the fire, many animals were severely burnt about the, hide by flying fire. A number of pigs were burned to death, and several larger animals may be seen now walking lame on account of having trodden on some hot places. In consequence of the fires and the shortage of feed, the milk supply has 'fallen off, in some instances by no less than 60 per cent. One settler's return was this week 10001b of milk per day loss than on the highest return that the same number of cattle this season gave, and another settler found he was taking 7001b of milk less per day to the factory. Some families had to remove their furniture to a considerable distance, their houses being for a time in imminent danger of destruction.. This danger is not altogether over, and as the wind from time to time changes, new fires spring up and spread rapidly in spots which have hitherto escaped. Bain is earnestly looked for by the settlers, who are having a very anxious time."

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IN STRATFORD DISTRICT., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LIII, Issue 0, 24 January 1908

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IN STRATFORD DISTRICT. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LIII, Issue 0, 24 January 1908

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