Palampur, March 4
With the rise in mercury, forest fires have been reported in Palampur. A pine forest adjoining the Neugal river, 3 km from Palampur, has been on fireplace since morning. Quite a few wild animals have been killed within the fireplace. The Forest Division is making all efforts to manage the fireplace.
Within the absence of sufficient monetary help from the federal government, the division has been trying in the direction of rain for dousing the fires.
The raging fires are extinguished solely when the monsoon breaks over the area. This yr it might take longer time as forest fires have been reported as early as March.
Info gathered by The Tribune revealed that the Forest Division this yr had not been in a position to take even minimal required preventive measures like managed burning of forests and upkeep of fireside strains. This yr it carried out managed burning over a restricted forest space within the state. Official sources mentioned over 20 per cent of the whole forest space of the state was inclined to fireside. — OC