India — A fire erupted in the Tirumala hill ranges on Wednesday afternoon. Described as a ‘creeping fire’ in forestry parlance, the blaze destroyed shrubs and trees. However, there was no threat to wild animals as the fire was brought under control in one hour.
The fire broke out at around 11.30 am near the 34th turning on the first ghat road. It is suspected that it was the handiwork of a group of red sander smugglers who were upset with the forest officials for curtailing their activities in the Seshachalam ranges. Sources said three acres of forest land was damaged in the Wednesday’s fire.
When contacted, Chakrapani, DFO, TTD, ruled out any danger to wild animals and reptiles as they escape deep into the jungle even before fire spreads.