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Drought, Wildfires and Settlers01/09/1878, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
One of the hazards the weather threw at early settlers was the effect of gale force winds on fires. In eastern areas of the South Island the northwest wind is particularly dangerous as the gales occur with extremely low humidity. One of the worst...
1901 Wellington Fire30/05/1901, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
By a long streak of good fortune, the fires that occurred in 19th century Wellington coincided with light winds. The Panama Street fire of February 1887 was the worst, burning most of a city block and destroying property to the value of over...
Cyclone meets wildfire March 191818/03/1918, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
One of the worst wildfires in New Zealand history was caused by severe gale-force winds around a cyclone.  On March 18, 1918, a farmer near Horopito, north of Ohakune lit a fire to burn timber and scrub he had cut down to clear the land. Although...
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