India — DALTONGANJ – Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) has already started preparations to avert fire breakouts this season anticipating a parched summer this year. But no fund has been released by the forest department towards this.
Forest fire in PTR usually starts from the third week of March and local sources say summer will be harsh and give a tough time to the reserve park’s authorities. The anti-fire management process is two-pronged -prevention of fire and doling out of relief to personnel engaged in fire extinguishing.
But authorities at PTR are in a spot as they have not received funds yet. PTR usually experiences surface fire that does not affect trees and is doused with broom and by cutting fire line, according to chief conservator S E H Kazmi.tnn A fire line is a process of segregation of dry fallen leaves from the source of burning. In most cases the fire is man-made.
About the outbreak of fire Kazmi said, “In majority of cases it is man made when people throw their half lit bidi or cigarette unmindfully which leads to the cause of fire.”
Another is the haste for collecting mahua fruits for which the poor cleanse the surface beneath the mahua trees for picking up mahua fruit trees.