Forest fire reported

Forest fire reported

19June 2005


An area of six hectares was burnt in a massive ground fire in Dharampurforests last evening. No loss of life or property was reported.

Though the exact cause of the fire could not be ascertained, forest officialssaid it was an accidental blaze.

The fire, which started around 5.30 p.m., was doused after about 7 hours ofintense fire-fighting operation by the forest guards.

Though the fire had spread near the adjoining rail track, timely action bythe forest guard prevented any damage.

The inflammable pine needles strewn all over the forest floor causes massivefire during summers. An accidentally lit cigarette left by a callous passerbyoften leads to fires.

Forest officials said sensitive fire lines were cleared before onset ofsummers and special fire watchers were deployed to keep vision on forest fires.


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