Forest fire continues in eastern Nepal
09 January 2006
KATHMANDU, (Xinhua via COMTEX) – Hundreds hectares of government forest in Chhintapu in eastern Nepal’s Ilam district have been destroyed as forest fire continued to rage for the past four days.
No attempt has been made so far to bring the forest fire under control. The forest, some 400 km east of Kathmandu, is rich in bio-diversity as well as herbal plants and has been an important habitat for animals of rare species.
Local resident Som Kumar Lamichhane told reporters on Monday that the fire has been raging in the forest since last Thursday.
Acting forest officer Yubraj Maskey said the district forest office has no information about the forest fire.
According to Lamichhane, fire also broke out in the forest area in the summer of 1999 which lasted for two weeks.
Latest MODIS scenes showing the fire in Sikkim and Nepal
9 January 2006
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This false-clour image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite on 9 January 2006, shows the Himalaya mountain range dotted with active fires (red dots).
See also other fire events in the Himalaya region:
For more information on the use of fires and wildfires in the Himalayas see:
Schmidt-Vogt, D. 1990. Fire in high altitude forests of the Nepal Himalaya. In: Fire in ecosystem dynamics. Mediterranean and northern perspectives (J.G. Goldammer and M.J. Jenkins, eds.), 191-199. SPB Academic Publ., The Hague, 199 p.