A furious bush tire raged on Mount Cargill from noon on Tuesday, sending out during the day enormous volumes of smoke, which obscured the sky for a distance of several miles. At night the mountain side was lighted up by the lurid glow. The fire occurred about six miles from Dunedin. Constable Henderson, who visited the locality, ascertained that the fire had been burning in the bush during the past four or five days, and of course, under the high wind that prevailed from about noonday, it soon attained alarming dimensions. The fire broke out in a spot known as Pigeon Flat, on the northwest side of the main ridge of Mount Cargill, travelled down the north side of the mountain, and crossed the Main North Road, burning down the telegraph posts. • It was burning last evening down the southern side of the range. The fire extended over a large well-wooded district, thetimbei in which is chiefly cedar, and must have had a most destructive effect. The calm that prevailed in the evening would no doubt tend to stop the spread of the tire. When Constable Henderson visited the district in the afternoon, some of the residents' houses were in danger from the fire. Our Blueskin correspondent, writing on Tuesday evening, says : ' ' A heavy bush fire has been.raging all this afternoon around Mount Cargill. The only part of the Bluesldn piue bush that escaped last summer's fires is burning now, and of course there is no saying when or where it • will end." A bush fire was also burning on the Peninsula on Tuesday, but we were unable to ascertain whether it was merely debris that was being burned, or whether any damage was done to the bush. Several bush fires occured in the Sawyers' Bay and Portobello districts on Tuesday, and while they did not appear to have extended so far as to injure property, they were sufficient to add at the Port to the. tropical heat experienced during the last week. A large bush fire spread itself over the Purakanui track, and a horseman, who had great difficulty in getting to town on Tuesday through it, believes that several homesteads and some valuable crops have been burned.
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