Forest fires continue across Rajouri

Sumit Bhargav
Rajouri, Publish Date: May 26 2018 1:28AM | Updated Date: May 26 2018 1:28AM
Forest fires continue across Rajouri

The ongoing dry season has not only affected the normal life due to water scarcity, but forest fire at multiple locations has emerged as a major problem as the fire is not only swallowing green gold, but is also producing a huge amount of smoke, spreading respiratory problems among the local population.

Details collected by Greater Kashmir revealed that fresh incidents of forest fire have taken place at multiple locations of the district. "On Thursday night, at about 8 pm, a forest fire erupted in the forest belt between Chowdhary Nar and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University and within an hour, the flames spread across more than 30 acre of forest land. The fire continued in the morning as well and flames moved towards BGSB University campus also," locals said.

Meanwhile, sensing trouble due to forest fire which started to engulf forest belt towards BGSBU, the university administration pressed its staff into action to douse the flames.

Team of officials, including Majied Bashir Malik, Chief Proctor, RC Bhat Incharge Security Officer, Sachin Ahanger and Shakil Ahmed moved to the spot and started the fire fighting operation.

On the other hand, the forest fire that erupted in Dasssl Seeran village of Rajouri on Thursday afternoon, located 7 km from Rajouri town, continued on Friday and engulfed more than 70 acre of forest land. The smoke and flames were clearly visible from Rajouri town as well.

Besides vegetation, a number of wild animals have also been charred to death in the incident, with flames spreading to more area till last reports poured in.

On the other hand, a forest fire also broke out in area between Jhanger and Bhawani in Nowshera. "Several acre of forest area is under fire and flames are spreading very quickly as the forest bed is dry," a local said.

He informed that locals and a police team, led by SI Ashish, are on the spot and are carrying out a fire fighting operation.

In Agrati area as well, a forest fire that broke out three days ago was still on, when last reports poured in.


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