Srinagar: The Indian army managed to douse the fire that had been raging in the forest area in frontier district of Kupwara for the past 72 hours.
The forest area had caught fire three days back. The fire was spreading fast and civil authorities had sought the help of the Indian army in controlling and extinguishing the fire.
An Indian army spokesman, Col A K Mathur told News Blaze that four columns of Indian army in the border district of Kupwara were pressed into service to douse the fire. “After successfully battling the fire for three days, the fire has been successfully extinguished. The army personnel prevented the fire from engulfing larger forest areas”, he said.
He said that the timely action of the Indian army personnel safeguarded the forest property worth millions of dollars. “The timely action prevented the fire from spreading to villages located on the fringes of the jungles, thereby saving precious human lives”, he added.