Bhutan — Forestry officials, armed forces personnel and residents have contained the fire at Ramtokto in Thimphu. Fire fighters say strong winds and steep terrain hampered efforts to control the blaze.
The Thimphu Divisional Forest Officer Lobzang Dorji said the fire was brought under control by 6pm yesterday.
The fire which started early on Friday afternoon has damaged more than 500 acres of mixed forests in the area. This is the first major forest fire in Thimphu.
Meanwhile, a forest fire above the NPPF colony in Thimphu yesterday afternoon was controlled in about three hours time.
The fire which did not cause any damage to property was brought under control by the fire fighting division of the Royal Bhutan Police with the help of Royal Bhutan Army and volunteers.
The fire started around 1 pm yesterday. The cause of the fire is being investigated.