Bhutan––The forest fire in Yangchenphug raged for almost two hours yesterday
Some children, who were playing with firecrackers, could have sparked off the forest fire in Depsi, Thimphu, around 1:30pm on November 17.
While forest officials are still investigating the case, the fire has razed about seven acres of forest.
Head of forest fire management, Tandin Dorji, however, said no trees were damaged. There were only bushes and grasses, which werent very thick, he said. The fuel content wasnt very high, so the intensity of fire was quite low.
More than 350 armed force personnel, forest officials, forest fire volunteers, desuups and locals, along with five fire engines, battled the fire. It was contained at 4:15pm the same afternoon.
Another fire occurred yesterday, from a short circuit of an electric pole around 1:15pm near Yangchenphug higher secondary school. It burnt less than an acre of land and took about 150 armed force personnel, desuups, other volunteers and four fire engines to contain it by 3pm.
Forest officials said post fire assessment starts today. The forest fires sparked off just after forest and park services department conducted a two-day awareness campaign to prevent forest fires. The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement
Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.