Fire at Singalila National Park

Fire at Singalila National Park

5 March 2006

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DARJEELING — After ravaging a significant swathe of forest in pristine areas of Sikkim through a dry winter, forest fire has struck the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling. 

Famous for the habitat of the endangered red panda, the high altitude park was relatively safe like rest of the forest in Darjeeling hills even in this dryspell.

Forest staff at the spot said fire was first spotted three days ago, but it had died outitself.

However, since last night fire started raging at Gurdung, half km away from Sandakphu, a popular trekking trail. 

A handful of forest staff is present at the spot, where the fire has spread over an area of roughly two sq km. 

Due to high winds the fire is spreading fast. 

The area is too remote for fire tenders to reach.


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