Fires finally ‘rained’ in

Fires finally ‘rained’ in

01 March 2012

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Bhutan — Trashigang and Trashiyangtse: The forest fires in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse that have been burning for the past three days and destroyed thousands of acres of forests were brought under control yesterday.

Like a million prayers being answered, the skies opened up yesterday sending rainfall to aid in the efforts to contain the fire.

“The fire was nearly controlled by the evening of February 28, but now we’re hoping it will be contained fully by the rain,” Yangnyer gup Karma said.

The fire in Durung was the only one that could not be brought under control until yesterday. “Now the rain will have put if off,” he said.

The fire in Rolong was brought under control on February 28. “We were trying to contain the fire before rain made it easier,” Trashigang division forest officer, Kinzang Gyeltshen, said.

The forest fire in Jamkhar was also contained yesterday. “By morning the fire had died out,” Trashiyangtse dzongkhag forest officer, Tashi Gyelpo, said.

Meanwhile, the dzongkhags are yet to begin with the investigations on the cause of the forest fires.

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