Story: Fires and fire services

Reporting a bush fire

This newspaper article describes the bush fire that destroyed Raetihi and several other towns in the central North Island in 1918. The fire also wiped out many timber mills operating in the area, killed sheep and cattle, and disrupted train services on the main trunk line. Members of a farming family died when they were trapped by the flames.

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Reference: Grey River Argus, 21 March, 1918, p. 3

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Causes of fires', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010