Fire causes loss to forest wealth in Sirmourarea of Himachal

2 June 2007

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Himachal, India — Forest around Nahan is burning which has caused threat tothe environment of this hill station. During past one week more than sixincidents of forest fire have been reported around the town.

Big forest fire was ragging in the Bogria forest near Nahan for the past oneweek. Villagers told this correspondent that they made several attempts tocontrol the fire but they could not succeed as fire was very big. They chargedthat they did not noticed government machinery to make effort to control thisfire despite the fact that there were several species of wild life in thisforest including one Tiger pair, a family of Leopard and several other animals,which were in danger. They said that uncounted plants and trees have beendamaged due to the fire. Fire fighting department said that they were helplessas their fire fighting tenders have no access in the deep forest.

A big forest fire was witnessed yesterday around the Cant and Ram Kundi area.People came out along with the fire fighters to bring the fire under control.Fire ragged in the forest for a day and whole night damaging a number of pinetrees and other plants. It was an established fact that some miscreants everyyear set forests around Nahan on fire for their selfish motives but during pastone decade no effective steps were taken by the Police, Administration, ForestDepartment and Municipal Committee to stop this meanness, resultantly the forestcover around the town was continuously depleting.

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