12 January, 2014

January 12 Dreadful bushfires

A bush fire has been raging all day in the ranges to west of Dunolly. It started at a place called Lock’s Paddock, about six miles off and during the afternoon kept advancing in the direction of Dunolly. A very high wind blowing in this direction, the fire burned fiercely, but chiefly in the ranges among the timber on the Crown lands. The grass is high in places, and the fire is fed by great quantities of dead timber in the shape of tree tops cut by woodcutters, which are a source of danger all over the bush. The police and a number of residents of the town went out and assisted the settlers to keep back the flames from private property. Their exertions so far (8 o'clock) have been fairly successful, although a good deal of fencing and grass has been burnt, the course of the fire seems [to] have altered with a change of wind, and it appears now to be going more in the direction of Goldsborough.

A serious fire broke out in the farm of Mr. Betts, Archdale, near Bealiba, at 1 o’clock this morning, and travelled in the direction of Cameron’s Station, doing considerable damage in its course. It is supposed to have originated in Mr. Betts's yard through the ashes of a fire used on Sunday evening for domestic purposes. Mr. Betts is said to have lost considerably, several stacks of hay and other property having been destroyed.

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