India — Days after fire accidents at multiple spots in the Biligiri Ranganabetta tiger sanctuary in Chamarajanagar, more forest fires were reported from Nagarahole forest and Chamundi Hills in the city on Friday. However, forest officers are suspecting it to be an act of miscreants.
Both incidents took place simultaneously during noon hours. At Chamundi Hills, fire destroyed more than five acres alongside the 1,001 steps leading up to the Chamundeshwari temple atop the hills. The fire was noticed around 2.30 pm and before the forest personnel and fire extinguishers could contain its spread the fire had destroyed dried grass. DCF Shaswathi Mishra told The Times of India that it is a ground fire and there has been no damage to trees. Asked about the precautions taken by the department to contain fire on the hills as it is common during summer, the DCF claimed they have created fire lines on the hills.
Meanwhile, over two acres at Veeranahosahalli in Nagarahole forest too was destroyed in forest fire on the same noon. Nagarahole DCF Vijayaranjan Singh says miscreants set fire at compartments six and seven in the forest division. Following information by a guard, the personnel were rushed to the spot to contain the fire, he added.
Regional fire officer C Gurulingaiah said their men struggled hard to contain fire on the hills. As they not take the vehicle to the spot, their men went on foot and contained its spread.