Sikkim, India — A fire broke out in the Namnang reserve forest in east district of Sikkim today.
DFO, East, B B Gurung said the fire destroyed ground vegetation, shrubs and bushes over more than one hectare of forest before it could be controlled.
Mr Gurung said the fire might have been caused by a burnt cigarette butt.
At least two firetenders and several forest and fire service personnel fought for more than one and half hour to control the blaze.
Forest officials said this was the 12th incident of forest fire in the state during the past few days.
Offcials attributed the rise in number of forest fire to western disturbances and dry spell prevailling in the state. The officials appealed to people to exercise caution and not to throw cigarette butts or burn dry leaves in the forest.