India — In preventive action against possible forest fires, the Forest Department has launched a campaign to educate masses about safety measures needed. Contact programmes to spread awareness about the Himachal Pradesh Forests (protection from fire) Rule, 1999, are being organised, with the help of panchayats and mahila and yuvak mandals.
Divisional Forest officer Anil Thakur today said that since the forest area in Solan division is highly vulnerable to fire, with numerous roads and railway lines passing through it, all block forest officers and range officers have been directed to ensure participation of villagers in patrolling the forests to report and check forest fire. The department has already completed the controlled burning process in fire-prone forest areas, he added.
He also appealed to farmers to seek necessary permission before carrying out controlled burning in areas situated within 100 metres of forests.