About 7000 trees scorched in forest fire

About 7000 trees scorched in forest fire

20 October 2009

published by timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Mothari, India — A fire broke out at the Bhimalpur forest under Mehasi block in East Champaran district on Sunday night. The wild fire scorched around seven thousand trees spread over hundreds of acres. Also, small wild creatures perished in the devastating fire.

Surendra Prasad, ranger of the forest and enviroment department of East Champaran district, said forest guards, along with the villagers, put out the fire, resulting in the department incurring a loss of about Rs 1.5 lakh.

Inquiry has revealed that the fire started at a corner of the forest, lying some 50 kilometre east of Motihari, the headquarters of East Champaran district. The Bhimalpur forest is the only one in the district having more than 40,000 trees over 211 acres. It was developed by the forest department after the old trees were uprooted by villagers in 1970.

Prasad said this was the only forest in the entire district that was being developed by the department. However, there are no wild animals here and there is only one guard to look after its wealth.

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