Firefighters, army and police personnel took about four hours to extinguish a forest fire, the first this season, which broke out at about 12:00 noon above a workers temporary camp in Lungtenzampa, Thimphu, yesterday.
The cause of the fire is not known but workers living in the camp suspect that children could have set it off. I was feeding my children when I heard the crackling of the fire, said 57-year-old Prem Badhur who was at the camp when the incident occurred. I rushed out and saw the fire slowing spreading uphill.
Camp guard Kinley Gyem, 44, said that she came to know of it after she heard the fire crackle and the commotion outside. It was almost 4:00 pm by the time we completely put off the fire, she said.
Most of the camp residents were not at the scene when the fire broke out. The camp has about 24 temporary shelters.
The last forest fire that occurred this year was in April in Wangduephodrang. It blazed for 11 days and destroyed more than 52,342 acres of forest.