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Steady Rains Will Check Forest Fires

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Saturday 9 November 1946, The Sydney Morning Herald

ARMIDALE, Friday. – Steady rain which began to fall late this afternoon should check fires which have been raging through the Styx River State Forest.

The rain came from thunderstorms which extended over the northern end of the fire near Ebor and west as far as Armidale.

By 6.30 to-night no rain had fallen over the central section of the fire area and down the Big Hill from the Armidale-Kempsey Road.

Rain was threatening, however.

Forestry officials believe that at least 80,000 of the State forest’s total area of 100,000 acres will have been burned out by the fires.

This will not be a total loss, how ever, as many of the trees can be used for timber.

The Forestry Commission suffered its greatest loss in a rejuvenated area of 6,000 acres.

The Forestry Chief, Mr. R. B. Lawman, estimates that in this forest 75 per cent, of the total acreage of trees will die.

He assesses the total damage at £25,000.

Bushfires which have been raging in the area midway between Emmaville and Glen Innes have burnt out about 30,000 acres of pastoral and timber country.

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Written by macalba

September 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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  1. Gosh, didn’t realise the area had experienced such a huge fire – wonder how much was affected… the old homestead where I used to live (and all the bush huts around) may have been lucky to escape.

    They don’t sound too bothered, however, and rather keen to get their hands on all that ready-felled timber!

    Sasha

    September 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

    • … and if that much timber was burnt, does that mean that the timber we see now is only 60 years old (or thereabouts).

      macalba

      September 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm


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