Breaking News: Forest fires in Uttarakhand, described as “garlands of fire” in the night sky, that have destroyed over 2,800 acres of green in the hill state.
The Divisional Forest Officer of Almora, SR Prajapati said:
“We have now decided to arrest the person, who is caught setting forest in fires, under Forest Act.”
The fires have been burning in the forests of the Pauri, Chamoli and Almora districts and official estimates peg the area ablaze at 1,600 acres.The disaster management authority does not have an estimate of the damage to people, wildlife or property yet but some 1,500 villages are at risk, reports scroll.in.
“Forest fires are directly related to weather, rain and rising temperature. Most of the fire incidents in Uttarakhand have thus far been man-made,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Rajendra Kumar.