Forest fire in two Mongar gewogs

Forest fire in two Mongar gewogs

31 March 2012

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Bhutan — A forest fire that had started at dawn on March 31 near Resa in Saling gewog in Mongar was still raging as of last evening. Resa is a village at the south of Saling.

Mongar dzongkhag’s forest officer Norbu Wangdi said the fire could have started from sparks when falling boulders from a high rocky cliff rub against each other. He said such forest fires happen almost every year.

“People are not able to go and control the fire because the area is very rocky but we have sent some forest officials today,” he said.

He said fueled by strong winds, the fire had moved from Resa to Tsankhar in Drepong gewog, which is across the Kurichhu river.

There are no human settlements in the forest fire area. Resa has 30 households while more than 30 households live in Tsankhar.

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